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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; work experience, tours of City firms and interview support.

We also sponsor or co-sponsor Academies in three of our neighbouring boroughs.

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

Current Raising Aspirations projects funded by the City Corporation

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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. It 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. 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 Julia on 020 7275 6069, Julia.Nicholas@inspire-ebp.org.uk
  4. Future First Logo Future First
    Future First is looking for City workers like you, who attended secondary schools across the UK to sign up to support their old schools and we’re particularly looking for former students of schools in the neighbouring boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Camden, Islington, Westminster and Tower Hamlets. Nearly 50% of the most disadvantaged young people say they do not know anyone in a job they would like to do – this project connects them with people in jobs who can inspire them to aim high. As well as making a crucial difference to the young people they worked with, 87% of volunteers taking part in Future First’s Employers Programme last year found that taking part enhanced their own job satisfaction and motivation. For more information please click the link above or call Mwila on 020 7239 8933
  5. Inspire Logo Subjects in the City
    This project brings City businesses and teachers in secondary schools together to enrich the curriculum by pairing teachers and City volunteers to discuss and plan curriculum To offer support or find out more please contact jonathan.boux@inspire-ebp.org.uk or click the link above for more details.
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