Smith & Williamson and EY Foundation are working together to deliver their first employability programme for young people who face barriers to employment.
Smart Futures is a ten month programme which includes paid work experience, mentoring and a series of events to give students a head start in their career. On successful completion of the programme, students will gain a Level 2 CMI (Chartered Management Institution) qualification in Team Leading.
Chetan Mistry, Helen John and Manjot Gobindpuri will be hosting students for work experience at Smith & Williamson, and providing mentoring throughout the year to support their young person from the programme into employment or further education or training.
Chetan Mistry, Partner at Smith & Williamson LLP, said: “This is a fantastic programme and we’re all proud to be a part of it. It provides a framework for businesses such as Smith & Williamson to help to support young people from all communities. The inclusive nature enables us to provide opportunities to all and provides insight into the views and perspective of future talent. From a personal perspective, I’m looking forward to supporting and mentoring a young person, to be an impartial sounding board, share my experiences and to help the students to realise their ambitions.”
Helen John, Director at Smith & Williamson LLP, said: “Smith & Williamson has always been an inclusive organisation and I’m delighted that we are expanding this further through the Smart Futures programme. Through our existing graduate and apprentice programmes, we have a great track record of growing talent. I myself joined as a graduate and look forward to sharing my experiences with the next generation.”
Manjot Gobindpuri, Associate Director at Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP, said: “Providing access and exposure to opportunities is an important building block for any young person looking to build a career. Given the breadth of services we offer we can provide students with an excellent insight into a career in financial services. Engaging with these students and helping them on the next stage of their journey will be an incredible learning experience for everyone involved.”
EY Foundation is an independent charity that delivers employability programmes that unlock the potential of young people who face barriers to employment. It also supports social enterprises to scale up, creating more jobs for young people.
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Smith & Williamson is an independently owned financial and professional services group. The firm is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices, entrepreneurs and mid-to-large corporates. The group’s c1,700 people operate from a network of twelve offices: London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.