Monday 09 April 2018
Investment20/20 and the Investment Association (IA) have today announced that the two organisations are joining together to increase diversity by changing perceptions and raising awareness of careers within the investment management industry.
By combining their expertise and resources, the new partnership will consolidate and expand industry efforts to make the investment industry more accessible and attractive to those from different backgrounds and at all stages of the career path.
The move by Investment20/20 to join the IA comes as it celebrates its fifth anniversary in March. During this time, it has enabled over a 1,000 trainees to enter the industry through its links with over 3,000 schools, colleges and universities.
Investment20/20 will retain its own brand as part of the IA and focus on growing its successful trainee programme and grassroots engagement with school-leavers and graduates. This includes the development of a more targeted in-depth programme in schools and universities to encourage students with a wide range of skills and from all backgrounds to apply for jobs in the industry.
The combined organisations will also develop new projects that will improve returnship, enrich career entry into the sector at all stages, attract career change professionals, and prepare young professionals with essential leadership skills.
Commenting on the merger, Chris Cummings, CEO of the IA, said:
“We want to build on the excellent track record of Investment20/20 to date and ensure greater diversity is firmly at the heart of the investment industry. By joining forces, we can provide more firms access to Investment20/20’s services.’
‘A diverse workforce and a strong pipeline of talent are key to the success of any forward-looking industry, helping businesses to encourage innovation and new ideas. Our industry must also better reflect the customers it serves and that means raising awareness of careers within our sector and proactively growing an inclusive workforce.”
Karis Stander, Managing Director of Investment20/20 said:
“Joining forces with the IA gives us the reach and scale to get in front of tomorrow’s workforce. Our industry makes a significant contribution to society and provides tremendous opportunities so it is vital that we build a strong pool of talent for the future with young people from all backgrounds to reflect the rich and diverse makeup of the UK.”
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