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Every year the City of London Corporation helps thousands of young people get a taste of working life in the City.  Projects under the City’s ‘Raising Aspirations’ theme support pupils from the boroughs neighbouring the City through a range of activities including paid and unpaid work experience opportunities, tours of City firms and CV and interview support in order to access entry-level City roles.  We also sponsor or co-sponsor Academies in three of our neighbouring boroughs

Below are the current Raising Aspirations projects being funded by the City of London Corporation

If you have any queries about any of the projects you can contact the City of London's Partnership team via email: partnerships@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

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  1. Brokerage Logo City Careers Open house
    The programme provides over 1000 state funded primary and secondary school pupils the opportunity to visit a City firm every year. The tour includes a tour of the building and the opportunity to meet employees from a range of departments. The secondary schools component is aimed at Years 8 to 10 (ages 12-15) whilst the primary school component is aimed at Year 6 pupils (ages 10-11). If your firm is based in the Square Mile and wishes to host a tour, please click the link above, or contact Rosa at The Brokerage Citylink on 020 7628 9904.
  2. Londo South Bank University Logo City Opportunities
    City Opportunities raises the awareness and aspirations of young care leavers, living in the City’s neighbouring boroughs, to the career opportunities available in the City through a one week series of workshops led by City firms on choosing a career, the roles available in the City and the skills needed to work in the City. Participants on the programme are then offered the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from a City business to start a 6 month programme of support including help with developing CVs, assistance in setting up work experience and in applying for jobs. The project is delivered by London South Bank University and Time Bank. City businesses looking to get involved should contact Vanessa on 020 7815 6722.
  3. Inspire logo City Talent
    City Talent - Work experience in the Square Mile for 17-24 year olds Getting that first job can be hard, especially if you don’t have much experience. However, City Talent gives 17-24 year olds who are not in education or employment or training (NEET) a helping hand towards employment. The City of London funded project offers young people from the City and our neighbouring boroughs a visit to a City firm, a week of work experience in the Square Mile and 4 months of career-focused mentoring support from a City worker, boosting their employability skills, experience and confidence. The project follows on from the City Corporation funded ‘High Flyers: Springboard to City’ project which ran from 2011 – 2013. If you would like to find out if you are eligible to join the programme or a City firm interested in offering a work placements, please contact Dorothy on 020 7275 6069, dorothy.hodgson@inspire-ebp.org.uk
  4. Future First Logo Future First
    The project builds alumni networks for state secondary schools in the City fringe boroughs by providing an additional resource to schools in 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. For more information please click the link above or call/email on 020 7239 8933, networks@futurefirst.org.uk For more information please click the link above or call/email on 020 7239 8933, networks@futurefirst.org.uk
  5. Inspire Logo Subjects in the City
    Subjects in the City is a pilot project bringing City businesses and teachers in secondary schools together to enrich the curriculum. The project consists of three elements •An introductory session at a City company •Group meetings between teachers and volunteers to discuss challenging curriculum •Pairing teachers and City volunteers to work together and to plan their curriculum enrichment project. To offer support or find out more please contact Lucy Rafferty on 0207 275 6074 or Lucy.Rafferty@inspire-ebp.org.uk.
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