Diversity and Inclusion  

The other SJP: How advisers can help with diversity and inclusion

Corporate names, including PWC, Linklaters and Zurich, have already signed up to the initiative, while Credit Suisse pledged to take at least 15 interns across various departments.

Clague welcomes this campaign. "I am hugely for this; they have done a fantastic job so far and it is amazing to see.

"Where ours is different, our starting point was in law, and the candidates are typically coming from this background.

"For our non-law firms, we see our campaign feeding into the winter/summer placement schemes in financial services firms."

Apprenticeship opportunities

His comments come as financial services companies marked National Apprenticeships Week (February 8 to 12) by showcasing their work to help bring more fresh blood into the industry. 

In particular, the Chartered Insurance Institute announced plans to improve the diversity of the financial advice profession by introducing a new diversity and inclusion requirement for employers who use the Aspire apprenticeship scheme.

At the time, Manuel Thompson-Oloko, early careers manager at the CII, said: “Broadening access to opportunities for historically disadvantaged social groups is a priority for not only employers but for the whole of society.”

Kleinwort Hambros has been running apprenticeship programmes to help make financial services more diverse and inclusive. 

Elena Orsini, head of HR at Kleinwort Hambros, cites "numerous initiatives including our apprenticeship scheme and internship programme, and [a] our knowledgeable team of employees who are keen to share their expertise".

"By providing young people with training and support to get them started on their careers, we are making the sector more accessible and ensuring the industry is future-fit.

“This is a hugely exciting opportunity for Kleinwort Hambros to enrich our diverse community of talented employees.”

In recognition of the change being brought to financial services, The FTAdviser Diversity In Finance Awards 2021 will soon be open for submissions (in March), from individuals and from companies who can demonstrate they have gone the extra mile in 2020 to improve diversity and inclusion and make their businesses better for clients, staff and the wider community.

For more information on the categories visit: FTAdviser Diversity In Finance Awards 2021.

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