Summer work placement students step outside comfort zones.

Ilhaan Mahamed, enjoying her summer internship with Amundi

It is with great delight that we extend our congratulations to all the bright, ambitious students who recently completed their internships on the Summer Work Placement Programme (SWPP).

The Business in the Community Summer Work Placement Programme was relaunched in 2023 with funding from basis.point and the support of Irish Funds. The aim of the programme is to level the playing field for young people from areas of disadvantage by offering an introduction to a working environment that may otherwise be difficult to access.

The response to our call out to patron organisations, earlier in the summer, resulted in 19 students from schools in the North East Inner City, being offered life changing opportunities. Stepping outside their comfort zone, this gutsy group of students have challenged themselves, grown as individuals and gained transferrable skills and experience.

Each of the companies involved made an active contribution towards greater inclusion and opportunity for local young people and have given students exposure and insight into the Funds Industry.

Our student in CACEIS was an excellent addition to our team. She added value and assisted us as and when required. She was most helpful when she stepped in to cover a role during a leave of absence of an employee.

Paul Price, CEO Haven Green Investment Management with intern Daniyal Khan

These opportunities have raised student’s aspirations to aim for careers within the industry. Demonstrating just how mutually beneficial these programmes can be, one student on internship in Haven Green Investment Management impressed the team so much he has been offered a role and will continue to work on their IT team.

The programme is led by BITCI Work Experience Coordinator Paula Brady. Paula previously worked as a HR professional in the Funds Industry for over 10 years so has first-hand knowledge of the industry.

As coordinator she manages the programme and supports all stakeholders throughout the process.

Please get in touch if your organisation would like to participate in Summer Work Placement Programme or the Time to GROW, Transition Year Work Experience Programme throughout the year.

Thank you to each of our Corporate Patrons for enhancing community engagement, sowing the seeds for potential local employment, and contributing to the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda.

Participating organisations: Carne Group, IPUT Real Estate, Mediolanum International Funds Limited, A&L Goodbody, Irish Funds, CACEIS Ireland Ltd, Grant Thornton, BBH (Brown Brothers Harriman), Amundi, Robert Walters, KBI Global Investors, Kennedy Wilson, Waystone and Haven Green Investment Management.

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