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Details of individual projects we are supporting which aim to raise the aspirations of young people in the City and our neighbouring boroughs.​​

City Careers Open House Tours

Funded since 2006, City Careers Open House (CCOH) is at the heart of our work to raise aspirations among young people in the City fringes and make them aware of the employment opportunities in the Square Mile. Annually, over 1000 state funded primary and secondary school pupils are given the opportunity to visit a City firm including a tour of the building and the opportunity to meet employees from a range of departments. The two components of the project have the following objectives:

Secondary school programme

The secondary schools component is aimed at Years 8 to 10 (ages 12-15) and delivered by The Brokerage Citylink. It involves:

  • a half-day interactive session at the City firm incorporating a tour of  the building
  • sign-posting of students to other raising aspiration opportunities
  • post tour evaluation and 6 month tracking to measure the impact of the experience on students future subject and/or career choices
  • a dedicated webpage, blog and annual roundtable event aimed at teachers

Primary school programme

The primary school component is aimed at Year 6 pupils (ages 10-11) with the option for their parents/carers to accompany them on the visit. The project is delivered by Prospects Services Ltd and involves:

  • a drama based preparatory workshop to help pupils and their parents/carers get ready for the  visit to the City firm
  • a half-day interactive session at the City firm incorporating a tour of the building 
  • pre and post tour evaluation measuring the impact of the experience on participants perceptions of the project
  • a dedicated website and quarterly meetings with teachers to stay abreast of developments on the project
  • information aimed at supporting parents

If your firm is based in the Square Mile and wishing to host a tour please contact Katie at Prospects Services Ltd on 0208 315 1240 for the primary schools component or Rosa at The Brokerage Citylink on 020 7628 9904 for the secondary schools component.

For more information about the City Careers Open House programme, please email

High Flyers: Springboard to the City

The High Flyers: Springboard to the City project works with City businesses to introduce young people not in education, employment or training -so-called ‘NEETs’ - to life in the Square Mile and the world of work.  Delivered by Inspire! the education business partnership for Hackney, the project engages NEETs through voluntary and community organisations across the City’s neighbouring boroughs.

Over 140 ‘NEETs’ aged 18-24 and ‘pre- NEETS’ (young people aged 14-16 at risk of becoming NEET), will have the opportunity to take part in a half-day visit to a City businesses which will include a tour of the building and a workshop on, employability skills supported by employee volunteers. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Skills for the workplace
  • One to one confidence building sessions with employees from different departments

Over the duration of the project 30 of the most enthusiastic participants will participate in a one week placement at the City firm providing valuable work experience.  All participants will receive support in identifying further training and employment opportunities after taking part on the project.

City businesses interesting in hosting visits to their premises, or in taking on work placements should contact Inspire! on 020 7275 6060.

City Opportunities

​City Opportunities is a career aspiration programme for young care leavers living in the fringe boroughs. The week-long sessions provide care leavers with:

  • specialist careers advice;
  • confidence and team-building activities;
  • tours of City firms;
  • workshops led by City firms;
  • information on accessing higher education and the support available; and
  • opportunities to network with City employees.

The programme aims to:

  • support care leavers to raise their career aspirations and develop an understanding of City sectors; and
  • provide City firms with an opportunity to engage in Corporate Responsibility activities that support a vulnerable segment of the local community.

The project is delivered by London South Bank University Schools and Colleges Team. City businesses looking to get involved should contact the Team on 020 7815 6722.

Future First networks

​The City of London has approved two years of funding for the Future First Network delivered by Future First. The project will build alumni networks for state secondary schools in the City fringes providing an additional resource to schools by identifying a bank of potential volunteers now working in the City to act as mentors, fundraisers, donors and prospective school governors.

There will also be an opportunity for some alumni to go back to their schools to give talks and workshops for assemblies which will provide 690 of these students with a valuable aspiration raising opportunity and raise their awareness of City-type jobs.

To see if your old secondary school is part of the Future First network, please register on the Future First website.


TeenTech was launched in 2008 in an effort to change the perceptions of young people from schools in disadvantaged areas in the UK towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Sponsored by the City of London Corporation TeenTech City targets year 8 and 9 pupils (aged 12-13) from disadvantaged areas in London. 

The event which took place in the Copper Box at the Olympic park on the 27th November went very well. Visit the website to view photos from the day.

Subjects in the City

​Inspire! is working with City of London Corporation to deliver a pilot project bringing City businesses and teachers in secondary schools together to enrich the curriculum. The project will consist of different elements: 

  • An introductory session at a City company
  • Group meetings between teachers and volunteers to discuss challenging curriculum areas that teachers face, helping volunteers to understand the curriculum, and enabling teachers to identify areas that they would like to enrich in partnership with a City volunteer.
  • Pairing teachers and City volunteers to work together and to plan their curriculum enrichment project e.g. a work place visit, developing a real life scenario to support teaching of a unit of study, or a class visit where the volunteer would give an overview of their role and set a task for students to complete.

The pilot will involve 4-5 schools in the City’s neighbouring boroughs, with around 4 teachers participating from each school, and 15 City business volunteers from 5 firms in the Square Mile.