As part of the Pathway to Banking programme, we will help build a pipeline of diverse talent by mentoring young people from state schools and investing in the trust’s flagship summer school programme for a period of three years.
The summer schools provide talented Year 12 students with practical guidance, equipping them with the knowledge, support and encouragement to apply to top universities.
The participants come from non-privileged backgrounds and are often the first in their families to go into higher education.
The initiative is supported by a recent study carried out on behalf of the trust, revealing that more than half of the leaders in financial services were educated in private schools, compared to only 7% of the wider UK population.
Irene McDermott Brown, Group Human Resources Director, said: “This programme, one of many we run as part of our wider community investment work, will see Barclays invest not only money, but colleagues’ time and expertise in projects that enhance the enterprise, employability and financial skills of millions of disadvantaged young people over the next few years.
“The Pathways to Banking programme will help support a diverse and talented pool of young people in developing the skills they need to fulfil their potential while adding real and significant value to the wider financial services sector.”
This initiative is part of 5 Million Young Futures, our overarching ambition to help five million young people, by 2015, develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.
Founded in 1997, the Sutton Trust focuses on improving social mobility through education. It has funded a wide range of educational access programmes with a focus on research, policy and practical projects.