Classroom to Boardroom and Redington: Tackling under-representation of black talent in financial services, July 2020

Investment consultant Redington, with support from the Diversity Project and 9 other leading financial services firms, is helping to connect businesses directly with students to tackle the underrepresentation of black people in the industry.
Firms will work with more 30 black students from schools across South London and a range of universities, to find ways of boosting the number of entry-level roles to this section of the population.
The participating organisations – Aon, Mercer, LCP, Fidelity, Wellington, Invesco, Morgan Stanley, Lincoln Pensions and St James’ Place – will share details on their current diversity initiatives and entry level strategies, alongside what they perceive as any barriers to bringing in young black talent.
Students will then be encouraged to challenge firms on their existing approaches. They will then present both their findings and solutions, as part of a digital session, to CEOs and other senior leaders from the participating firms as well as representatives from the Diversity Project and #talkaboutblack campaign.

 

A word from Derek Browne, CEO, EiA

I am excited to be part of this initiative. As someone who joined the industry 30 years ago, I am aware it has made slow progress to identify and recruit black talent despite a range of recruitment programmes under the banner of diversity.
This initiative provides a unique platform to engage some of the highest profile Investment Management firms with a range of talented young individuals who are excited about the industry.
Working with GenZ to solve industry challenges is the way forward and I hope this is the first of many programmes for Entrepreneurs in Action.

 

and Mitesh Sheth, CEO, Redington

This is a timely opportunity for us as a group of industry executives to hear directly from young black students about the obstacles they face and their suggestions for increasing access for young black talent into our firms. It’s a chance to step out of our echo chamber, hear their perspectives, and hopefully identify some talented young people too.

Classroom to Boardroom and INEOS: Recruiting campaign, June 2019

This programme brought together INEOS a global manufacturer of petrochemicals speciality chemicals and oil rich, and 30 students from the private, non-profit International School of Geneva based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The challenge set by INEOS was to come up with ideas to create a recruitment campaign aimed at apprentices and graduates.against the backdrop of lots of negative publicity about the plastics industry.

INEOS is a global manufacturer comprising 34 businesses, which produce the raw materials that are essential in the manufacture of a wide variety of goods: from paints to plastics, textiles to technology, medicines to mobile phones. Its production network spans 168 sites in 26 countries throughout the world. Chemicals manufactured by INEOS enhance almost every aspect of modern life.

The 30 students, 24 boys and 6 girls, from the International School of Geneva were from year 11. They were challenged to come up with ideas for a recruitment campaign that would attract apprentices and graduates and inspire them to want to work for INEOS.

The presentations from the students at the end of the 4-day programme were well received by the INEOS executives. There was a general sense of surprise about the maturity of the students, the quality of the presentation and the way in which they engaged the panel both during their presentation and during the Q&A session. “The fact that they have taken ownership of the subject in such a short period of time and could come up – in groups and individually – with a well-founded and well-presented view of suggestions and solutions deserve a lot of praise. The interesting arguments have much exceeded my expectations, not to mention the open and constructive criticism on our ‘conventional’ ways of communicating, sponsoring and recruiting. It was an interesting experience, not only for the students.”

All the students found the programme interesting. They found that “seeing how we, as students, could come up with ways to improve INEOS (which we had never heard of before) stimulating and enjoying.”. They enjoyed working with others and felt one of the best parts was “having the ability to be able to finish such a challenging task in only three days and being able to present it at high standards.”

The opportunity was also applauded by the parents who felt “It was an honour to attend the presentation at INEOS” and see first-hand how the students have been challenged and how much they have learnt. Their presentation was outstanding, as was their ability to answer insightful questions from Team INEOS”.

The students on this challenge were from La Chataigneraie-International School of Geneva. https://www.ecolint.ch/campus/la-châtaigneraie .

The challenge was set by Allison Crawford – HR Director for INEOS and David Kirkwood – Director of the Polymer business for INEOS, parents of Ross Kirkwood, who participated on the programme two years ago.

 

Classroom to Boardroom and CERN: Creating ambassadors for science in society
, June 2018

This programme brought together CERN the world’s leading particle physics laboratory, the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) network of scientists, science educators and communication specialists working across the globe in informal science education and outreach for particle physics, and 22 students from the private, non-profit International School of Geneva based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The students were challenged to create more Ambassadors in education, business and other STEM related areas. Their goal was to prepare a full marketing strategy for the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, which was relevant and engaging to a wide target audience including young people, teachers, students and potential funding partners.

In June 2018, the IPPOG urged 22 students from La Chataigneraie-International School of Geneva to be their Ambassadors of Science in Society. The students were challenged to create more Ambassadors in education, business and other STEM related areas. Their goal was to prepare a full marketing strategy for the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, which was relevant and engaging to a wide target audience including young people, teachers, students and potential funding partners.

After two and a half days of preparation, they dazzled an illustrious panel made up of experts from the International Particle Physics Outreach Group and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, among others, with their presentation.

Steven Goldfarb, Chair, International Particle Physics Outreach Group indicated that he was “impressed with the objective and open manner by which the students presented their findings, their research was quite well done and the information they provided was useful and through provoking”. Another member of the panel, Royston Flude, President, CSPOC was keen to emphasise that “this was a unique opportunity for young entrepreneurs to discover the complexity and reality of solving a business problem with all the pitfalls and challenges in a very restrictive period.”

When reflecting upon the experience, 100% of the students found the programme interesting and might recommend it to a friend. Many of them had never heard of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group before and “found the opportunity to improve IPPOG and work with others stimulating”. They also greatly enjoyed visiting CERN because wish to “pursue stem later in life” and found that as a result of this experience “the word teamwork has a new meaning”.

The teachers who accompanied these students also saw their growth and as Ian Smith, Teacher & Enterprise Coordinator, La Chataigneraie highlighted “this project engaged the students on a genuinely important local/global SDG related topic.” He attributed the teamwork largely to the leadership in the teams. His colleague, David Woods pointed out that “Providing a range of learning opportunities and formats is important and Classroom provides a really good opportunity.”

The students on this challenge were from La Chataigneraie-International School of Geneva. https://www.ecolint.ch/campus/la-châtaigneraie .

The challenge setter on this challenge was the International Particle Physics Outreach Group http://ippog.org .

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) was a local partner on this project https://home.cern/about