The Brokerage Christmas Challenge 2014
This December you can help us access up to £10,000 in funding through the Big Give's Christmas Challenge!

The Christmas Challenge is a fundraising drive where donations can be matched up to 100%. The challenge is that limited matched funds are available over three days to all charities within our sector – so we need your help to maximise our donations during the challenge!

Over three days, the funds will be released at 10am. Donations will be matched in full while the funds are available, so to maximise the chances of your donation being doubled you should aim to donate at or just after 10am.

Last year, the funds for each day tended to be used up within around 30 minutes so aim to make your donation between 10.00 and 10.30am on one of the following days:

Thursday 4th December at 10am

Friday 5th December at 10am

Saturday 6th December at 10am

We have an amazing £10,000 of funding available to match donations – but we need your help to access it! As well as making a donation, please ask your friends, colleagues and anyone else you know to make a contribution.

All donations, whether matched or not, will go to the Brokerage Citylink – and we’re using them to contribute towards our Outreach programme. This provision allows us to deliver workshops and events in schools and colleges, reaching out to young people who may not have otherwise had a chance to engage with the City or be aware of the opportunities it can provide.

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The problem we're addressing:

Despite the City of London being one of the world’s biggest financial centres, it and London’s other financial districts are surrounded by areas of severe deprivation, disadvantage and income inequality. The diversity of the workforce within business and finance is not reflective of the local communities it serves, in terms of gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background.

At the same time, despite constant revisions over many years, careers provision in schools remains inconsistent and often too narrow. Schools now face, with reduced budgets, new work related learning obligations to provide independent advice and guidance. Our Outreach project is an essential and flexible service for teachers and schools, allowing the experienced team to deliver careers and enterprise sessions for free. Each year, we engage with more than 3,000 young people through Outreach sessions in schools.

The Brokerage works exclusively with students who attend or attended London state schools. Sadly, there is little evidence that the improved academic performance of schools in London is translating into improved employment outcomes for young people. London’s youth unemployment rate is the highest in Great Britain, and dropping more slowly than the national average rate. Our Outreach work ensures that young Londoners are equipped with the skills and understanding to access quality careers.

The Brokerage provides Outreach sessions for any state schools in 13 London boroughs. This includes the 7 “City Fringe” boroughs surrounding the City itself, and 6 further inner London boroughs that are identified as the most deprived in the Capital. These areas have some of the highest rates of child poverty income inequality and unemployment rates in the country. They include the four boroughs considered the most deprived in London; Barking & Dagenham, Haringey, Newham and Waltham Forest.

Here's some of our partner teachers talking about the importance and impact of our Outreach work:

"Staff from the Brokerage have always been flexible working with us to best serve the needs of our young people. A very good example was how they fully embraced a new programme we introduced last year – Ambition to Reality. This is a week- long programme of employability skills and Brokerage staff have assisted with CV, presentation and interview skill workshops. They also offered mock interviews to a number of our students too. They are involved again this year. Indeed only on Monday, a staff member gave an assembly to Year 12 students on the opportunities of apprenticeships in the City.

As a school we have found the staff either when they visit our school or indeed when they organise events in the City to be fantastic with our young people and very inspiring. We absolutely know that the programmes they run make a huge difference to the life chances of our young people."

Southwark Teacher

"The work of the Brokerage in expanding our students ideas, perceptions and aspirations has been fantastic. This has become even more important recently as many schools are now not sending their students on work experience. Recently The Brokerage helped out at an Employability Skills event making up for the loss of work experience so students would be prepared for the world of work, CV prep, interview skills etc.

I feel with the schools concentrating more and more on exams and grades, the World of Work agenda seems to be taking a bit of a back seat yet it is so important for students who get little chance to gain work experience and have little knowledge of the world of work."

Greenwich Teacher

"It has been a pleasure to have worked with the Brokerage this year, and the workshops that they have set up and run have been of immense value to our students.

The Brokerage ran a drop down day for all of our Year 10s which was successful in allowing students to understand the type of work that happens in Central London, raising their aspirations. Both days were run seamlessly and professionally, and I look forward to working with the Brokerage on similar workshops next year."

Southwark Teacher




Volunteer hours

3,585 hours of volunteering were provided by our corporate partners in 2016

Workplace visits

Over 4,500 students visited a workplace in the City or Canary Wharf in 2016

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