London mayor Boris Johnson has backed an investment initiative which aims to create jobs in London for those from diverse backgrounds.
The scheme, named ‘Investment 2020’, has been organised by some of the leading investment companies in Britain to offer hundreds of jobs to school leavers and recent graduates from troubled backgrounds, according to citywire.co.uk.
Those taking part in the initiative will gain experience in all different areas of business, such as IT, marketing, infrastructure, operations and investment. They will be offered 12-month paid trainee roles. At the end of that period, the candidates should have enough experience to apply for a full-time role, either with the company that they trained with or another firm.
Talking about the scheme, Mr Johnson told grmagazine.co.uk: “This is an excellent scheme that will give hundreds of young people the chance to get their foot in the door at some of London’s leading investment firms.”
He continued: “By learning the roles as Investment 2020 trainees, they will get an invaluable chance to build their CVs and boost their long-term chances of securing top jobs in the City.”
It is thought that the scheme has been devised to encourage businesses to hire candidates on what they now have to offer, rather than looking at their past.