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Class of 2012 City trainees graduate

Class of 2012 City trainees graduate

Recruitment trainee given step up to a City career

An apprentice in a leading recruitment agency has given her City career a boost after being awarded Trainee of the Year for her work on a City of London Corporation scheme.

Shermeen Begum, 18, was recognised for her stand-out work in the HR department of Michael Page International and wishes to return there after she graduates.

As one of the City Business Traineeship interns, Shermeen is now starting her academic and vocational career with boosted employability.

The brightest and best from the class of 2012 , selected from state secondary schools in the seven boroughs surrounding the Square Mile, completed the traineeships in a range of sectors including banking, law and human resources, setting them up for high-flying careers.

This year’s 106 trainees, the first intake to face increased university fees alongside an increasingly uncertain job market, will be reassured by the invaluable experience they have gained this summer.

The City of London Business Traineeship, funded by the City of London Corporation and delivered by The Brokerage Citylink, places over 100 trainees aged between 18 and 19 with City firms. The paid internships go towards establishing a career path before university, preparing them for a City job with an average starting salary of at least &pound30,000.

Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, says, “This scheme gives City businesses the opportunity to discover the brightest talents in local areas, including some of the country’s most deprived boroughs. These able applicants are given the chance to discover what career path they want to follow before university providing them with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the work place and realise their potential.”

The scheme, which has been delivered by the Brokerage for 12 years, has equipped more than 900 trainees with the skills and contacts to build a successful City career.

The scheme seeks to entice the brightest talents from state schools in the seven boroughs surrounding Square Mile to the financial district. The programme works to raise awareness of the career opportunities in the City and offers placements of between 6- 13 weeks.

Alongside placements, participants are encouraged to attend workshops and events which allow them to meet people from other departments within the firm, including senior management. By maintaining and developing these contacts, they can then pave the way to further opportunities.

Melissa Lucien, Recruitment Manager, at The Brokerage Citylink, added: “University choices now need to be focussed on progressing promising careers. This scheme gives trainees the opportunity to scope out which career is suited to them. Equally it provides businesses with the opportunity to showcase what they can offer the best trainees around.”

Shermeen, who attended The Grey Coat Hospital School in Westminster and completed A-levels in History, English and Government and Politics, said: “I was looking for an internship which would help me with my future career and give me an idea of what would suit me. I was already interested in HR and after my placement I now know this is the area I want to focus on. I would love to go back to Michael Page after I graduate. It’s a sobering thought that I’m going to incur debt on my first day of graduating, so I want to make sure that I’m in the best possible position to tackle that when I start work.”

All Interns who undertake a placement are paid the standard rate for their role and interested host firms can sign up to the scheme throughout the year.

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