Abchurch has taken on an apprentice as part of the Evening Standard’s Ladder for London campaign. Abchurch was quick to enrol in the scheme and has been named as one of the Evening Standard’s First 100, a roll-call of organisations who have enabled 100 apprentices to start work within 100 days of launch of the Ladder for London campaign. The campaign aims to get unemployed young people into paid apprenticeships, working with Tower Hamlets’ award-winning social enterprise and apprenticeship trainer City Gateway.
City Gateway, graded “outstanding” by Ofsted, engages school leavers and unemployed young people in vocational training programs and matches them to suitable apprenticeships, which last for one year. They also continue to train the apprentices for the first six months to complete intermediate or advanced Business and Administration National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).
Julian Bosdet, Senior Partner of Abchurch, commented: “We are proud to be involved in a scheme that is benefitting young people in need of training and job opportunities afforded to them too infrequently.
“Impact Investment and corporate social responsibility are high on Abchurch’s agenda, and with 25% of young Londoners unemployed, we are delighted to be able to invest in and support such a rewarding social enterprise for getting school leavers into work. We already have the Abchurch Academy, a structured graduate training programme in place and our apprentice will be able to benefit from this, as well as from mentoring and involvement in day to day work. We are in great company among other corporate employers including Goldman Sachs, PWC, Ernst & Young and RBS, and I would encourage as many other companies as possible to get involved in this valuable scheme.”
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