With all the amazing work that our corporate partners do in championing our work and helping young people, it’s nice to take a step back and reflect on what has been achieved. As today is City Giving Day, we feel it’s the perfect opportunity to do just that!
Organised by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, City Giving Day is one day in the year when businesses can unite to celebrate and showcase their charitable and volunteering efforts with employees, clients, suppliers and the public.
We’ve been out and about across the City, working with our partners to deliver employability and networking sessions for students, resource creation sessions to help us bring the world of work to life and volunteering fairs to inspire people to give their time.
It’s not just about today though. Throughout the last 12 months, the businesses we work with have helped thousands of young Londoners to explore the careers available within professional and financial services and the skillset needed to stand out from the crowd.
Here’s a snapshot of what some of our supporters have been up to:
Two of our candidates secured internships this summer with insurance company Aegis. Here’s what one intern said: “They challenged us to go beyond our comfort zones and do the unexpected. They’ve supported us immensely with CV and character building.”
Through hosting our Introduction to Working Life workshops, Addleshaw Goddard employees provided 28 Year 6 students with their very first insight to careers in law.
Lloyd’s managing agency Asta hosted an internship for one of our candidates this summer, providing them with valuable experience of work. Speaking about their placement, their intern said: “Asta have not only given me an insight in to what the Lloyd’s insurance market is like, but they have gone above and beyond. My colleagues really went the extra mile to teach me as much as possible.”
Across 8 workshops, almost 20 volunteers at Ashurst have supported our young people in discovering the legal profession. This included working alongside students on practical case-study activities such a setting up a law firm the other side of the world.
Association of British Insurers (ABI)
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) took office tours to the next level with each department showcasing their area to our students. They also kindly provided their beautiful terrace for our candidate photoshoot this summer.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite
Through aspiration-raising workshops held at their central London offices, over 50 students have been inspired by employees at Bates Wells & Braithwaite.
12 of our candidates secured internships with Beazley, a specialist insurance company, during the summer. Speaking about the company, one intern said: “They are constantly motivating their staff and finding innovating ways to better themselves. They have inspired me to put effort into things I am passionate about and always try harder to best version of myself.”
Boies, Schiller Flexner
Alongside hosting a workshop and an internship this year, Boies Schiller Flexner also delivered an eye-opening masterclass helping our budding interns to dive into the world of dispute resolution.
Four of our candidates were recruited by insurance company Canopius for internships across the summer. Commenting on their internship, one candidate said: “The people that make up Canopius really make a conscious effort to make you feel included and appreciated.”
Employees at CFC Underwriting have given our young people insights to the vital yet enjoyable personable aspects of the insurance profession. Together with a 1-to 1 Mentoring programme for non-advantaged young people with The Brokerage, they have contributed over 40 hours of employee volunteering (and over 300 takeaway pizzas!).
Clifford Chance have championed our work throughout the years, helping us to support young Londoners. With amazing offices in Canary Wharf, the tours they provide for visiting students are second to none, giving fantastic insight into what an office environment can be like.
Through workshops and masterclasses, our next door neighbours, Deutsche Bank’s fantastic volunteers have provided over 90 hours of their diverse expertise and professional journeys to inspire brilliance in our young people.
Through five different initiatives, FactSet have supported our candidates with forward thinking advice in developing key skills, knowledge and experience of work so they’re ready for the modern professional world.
Through our JumpStart programme with MS Amlin, over 100 students were supported by more than 20 volunteers in their exploration of the breadth of careers within insurance. Five of these students were provided with further mentoring, presentation challenges and a summer internship, to help them develop key transferrable skills.
Nomura provided crucial funding for our Introduction to Working Life programme, which has supported 842 young people through 32 workshops. The programme has provided over 160 volunteering opportunities for more than 20 companies.
Over 25 of our workshops have been hosted (with spectacular views!) by law firm Reed Smith, with more than 60 hours of volunteering provided by employees from across the company, showcasing all aspects of the legal profession.
Our City Careers Open House primary workshops with Sapphire Systems have left the young people more excited about technology than ever following their first experiences of the corporate world in their offices at The Shard whilst helping the students with their presentation skills.
Candidate Adnan Uddin was placed at THB for his internship and went on to be named Trainee of the Year.
Tindall Riley have had volunteers from every department of the business coming together to raise the aspirations of students through our workshops. So many young people have left their sessions excited and motivated to explore a career in the City.
Employees at global investment bank UBS have given more than 200 hours of their time this year supporting our candidates in learning about the working world and the vast number of job opportunities available.
Insurance company Vibe have provided internship placements for our candidates throughout the summer, providing valuable experiences of work for the workforce of tomorrow.
Thank you so much to all the businesses we work with, big and small. It’s because of your incredible support that we’re able to help young non-advantaged Londoners reach their full career potential.
Happy City Giving Day!
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