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Skills Academy attempts to widen financial services recruitment

The National Skills Academy for Financial Services is launching an initiative to broaden the reach of financial services recruitment.

The campaign, called Step Up, is due to start in January next year and aims to help up people from a range of different backgrounds to find employment in financial services.

The Step Up programme will run 24 two-day workshops for up to 300 people at time to give advice on training and recruitment for different roles in financial services. It will also offer a CV review service for prospective applicants.

The Skills Academy also plans to run four recruitment programmes each year to place up to 100 candidates per programme in work experience, internships, apprenticeships and full-time employment at financial services businesses.

Academy chairman Anthony Thomson says: “We are keen to widen the diversity of the workforce and ensure it better represents the communities it serves.

“We are constantly trying to create alternative talent entry schemes with firms so they can take advantage of the rich pool of potential new entrants that they do not access through their normal recruitment channels.

“Preparing this new talent to be job-ready with the appropriate business attitudes and mindsets provides them with the best opportunity to succeed.”

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