On Friday 17th June, our partner Bloomberg hosted a launch event for our brand new career insight and bursary programme, exclusively for Sutton Trust alumni. This programme forms part of our growing collaboration with Bloomberg – which was announced in February this year – and an expansion in programmes to support alumni and young people to access the workplace.

Students participated in a LinkedIn and Networking Skills workshop, followed by a networking session with Bloomberg employees and representatives from three leading employers and Bloomberg partners. The session was well received by all, with one student, Warrick S, commenting:

“An amazing experience at Bloomberg’s London office last week… I must extend a hand of gratitude to all who helped organise the event. This was an amazing event to launch my relations with Bloomberg and makes me eager to start my summer insight week there!”

Seeing the students connecting with each other and swapping details with the mentors and professionals in attendance highlighted how engaged they are and how valuable this programme will be for them. The afternoon ended with a tour of the Bloomberg offices, providing a unique insight into the innovative and collaborative culture.

Caroline Rowley, who leads Bloomberg’s Corporate Philanthropy in the UK said:

“We were delighted to welcome Sutton Trust’s bright, ambitious students to our offices for the start of this exciting new phase in our partnership. At Bloomberg we believe that no-one’s starting point in life should define their future. Through this programme, students will have the tools to pursue their professional interests and our employees will contribute to an invaluable support network to help shape and nurture their development.”

About the programme

After a rigorous and competitive selection process, the 30 selected students now embark on a 12-month programme, which started with the launch event and mixer, and continues with a summer Insight Week at Bloomberg, a skills day in the autumn and exclusive opportunities for work experience with clients throughout the year. In addition to funding to support access to career development opportunities, the cohort will also participate in exclusive skills development opportunities and will receive targeted support.

Research from the Trust in 2021 found that 1 in 5 working-class graduates could not afford to take up a work experience placement during university. This has been further impacted by the pandemic – so this new programme will be a valuable addition to the offering available to alumni.

If you’re a first-year student and interested in applying for this next year, check our website for information from the Sutton Trust when applications are open, via the alumni homepage.

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