Investment20/20's autumn term activities in Scotland included two flagship events - a Careers Adviser Information session and an Insight Day at City of Glasgow College.
Almost 100 careers advisers and teachers attended their introduction to investment management session, which provided an opportunity to learn about new developments in the sector and how careers advisers can support students applying to members’ Investment20/20 entry jobs. The partners, Ambitious About Autism supported the event, giving guidance on best practice when delivering advice to young people with autism.
Working closely with Skills Development Scotland (SDS), many of their careers’ advisers were in attendance who in turn, support their network of students. Laura Wilson, the Sector Manager Financial Services & Fintech said;
‘it was an excellent event, showcasing the range of opportunities available to young people in the financial services sector. Careers Advisers who attended the event told me that the session helped them understand how they can support young people towards an exciting career path in financial service’.
I2020 followed this successful event with an insight day for 120 students at City of Glasgow College in December – and what a fantastic day it was! Their amazing volunteers and the enthusiastic students worked so well together. They kicked the day off with a briefing on the purpose of investment management, helping to set the scene for the rest of the event.
Workshops on ‘Investing for Good’ gave students an insight on how investment management is addressing issues such as climate change. This is knowledge they were then able to apply to an investing game, delivered by their partners at Future Asset with support from their volunteers.
Networking was an important part of the event, and students heard from Investment20/20 trainees and apprentices, who shared their own career journeys and provided essential tips and advice.
Students took part in a recruitment skills workshop and gained an insight into what to expect from the recruitment process and helped to prepare students for applications to the Investment20/20 programme.
Chris Colvin, Head of Financial Services at City of Glasgow College said
‘it was fantastic to work with Investment20/20 as part of our Finance & Investment Conference. The programme of the day was filled with workshops and networking opportunities for our students. These opportunities enabled everyone involved to enhance their understanding of the investment sector and our students really embraced the event and took every chance to network, to be curious and to engage with all of the workshops, seminars and talks. I am excited to work with Investment20/20 in the future’.
In 2022, Investment20/20 became a partner signatory of the Young Person’s Guarantee, an initiative that helps to connect young people to high quality employability support and jobs, reflecting the ethos of Investment20/20. Over the course of the summer and autumn, they ran workshops for employer members to support them in also becoming signatories, adding value to their early careers’ talent strategy.
I2020 were delighted to support Aegon Asset Management (AAM) to become a signatory, reflecting their commitment to support young people in Scotland. Lindsay Hudson, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion says;
‘AAM are proud to support the Young Person’s Guarantee, joining employers across Scotland in creating the best opportunities for young people. We have opened up more entry level roles to provide accessible trainee positions through Investment20/20, where a degree isn’t required to begin a career in investment management. At AAM we believe in recruiting on potential, and we recognise the strengths that diversity of life experience and different backgrounds bring. At AAM we believe that people’s background does not determine their future’.
AAM’s commitment has been welcomed, with Neil Pederson from the Young Person’s Guarantee commenting
‘We are delighted to have Aegon Asset Management signed up to the Young Person’s Guarantee, highlighting their support to the young people of Scotland. The accessible trainee opportunities they have opened through their work with Investment20/20 demonstrates how keen they are to diversify their workforce and ensure they are an inclusive recruiter.’
Firms can join The Young Person’s Guarantee and get involved in DYW activity at any point. If you are interested in finding out more please contact your DYW Regional Group.
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