The Brokerage CityLink

The Brokerage is an independent charity based in the City of London. Our vision is that all young Londoners, regardless of their background, will have the understanding, skills and confidence to make the most of the career opportunities available in the Business and Finance sectors.

Working exclusively with students from London’s state schools, the Brokerage provides a Pathway of Opportunities into employment in business and finance. The Pathway begins with aspiration raising workplace visits for students. For those inspired to pursue a career in the City, the Brokerage enables them to take the next step by offering practical work experience and paid internships. Support continues through university, with further internships and events and master classes for undergraduates. Finally, our Alumni Network comprises a group of over 200 former Brokerage candidates that are now working in business and finance. They are active ambassadors for the Brokerage and our Alumni Board acts as a steering group helping to guide the organisation to further improve social mobility. Last year we worked with 7,000 young people and 130 schools and colleges.

Graduation event for our Career-Start mentoring programme funded by Peter Cruddas Foundation, 19th April 2016

This week we celebrated the conclusion of another successful mentoring programme, Career-Start.
The programme was designed specifically for school-leavers and apprentices who started working in autumn 2015. They were mentored by Brokerage alumni who were school-leaver or apprentice candidates themselves.

We were able to deliver this new and pilot programme in 2015/16 thanks to funding from the Peter Cruddas Foundation. Peter Cruddas, chief executive of CMC Markets and founder of the Peter Cruddas Foundation, hosted a closing event at his company's headquarters to celebrate the programme's success.

We welcomed the eleven mentees and eleven mentors to network, share experiences and highlight the positive benefits that the mentoring programme delivered - helping the new employees to succeed in their profession, develop their career and themselves to make the most of their potential. Mentors and mentees were carefully selected and matched to ensure maximum understanding of the roles, industries (banking/insurance) and personalities, which seems to have worked across the board.

Feedback from mentees and mentors includes:

"The mentoring scheme is going great for me – my mentor and I get on really well and I come out of each session learning something new. My mentor's advice is really beneficial and reviewing the resilience questionnaire together was really valuable." Mentee

"I've found the meetings very helpful. I have learnt a lot more about the way my job and industry works, the importance of skills such as networking and how I can prepare effectively for the future." Mentee

"All in all, I think this scheme has been very successful for me!" Mentee

"I have seen a tremendous improvement in my mentee's professionalism since our first meeting, and it seems like she is doing well in the day job." Mentor

"I’ve given some advice about networking, gaining exposure with management, improving feedback with her manager, etc." Mentor

At present he is midway through a seven week course and once qualified the team can further support him in finding employment at a professional gym.

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