Through activities, campaigns and projects, based on our pioneering research, we run a burgeoning number of initiatives to help women develop their careers and to address diversity and inclusion issues in the UK financial services industry. Programmes include a social mobility scheme, seeking to encourage school girls from low-income backgrounds to consider a career in finance, through to support for mentoring, where women can access advice as mentees or develop their skillset as mentors, amongst other benefits. We also run leadership programmes to help the ambitious achieve their full potential.
Research shows that mentoring is one of the most valuable and effective development opportunities available. The guidance, encouragement and support provided by a trusted and experienced mentor delivers a broad range of personal and professional benefits to a mentee, including better work performance. Mentors benefit too through the ability to develop their leadership style and gain insights from their mentees’ experience, amongst other benefits. Find out how WIBF structures its mentoring scheme for mentees and mentors.
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Our innovative careers platform offers financial services' employers access to amazing female talent. For job seekers, we connect you to organisations committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Whether the work is full time, part time, for fixed term contracts or flexible roles, located in the UK, Europe and further afield, regardless of the level of seniority, we may have the candidate or the job for you.
Established in 2022, the programme is organising in partnership with Corndel to provide senior female leaders with the tools, the techniques, the skills that will help enable them become better and more effective in their banking and finance roles. It also embeds the findings from our Accelerating Change Together research, as well as from other thought leadership activities, to help senior women develop a pan-industry network, given the training sessions bring together attendees from multiple companies. More details will be shared as soon as we can.
While considerable efforts are underway in the UK financial services industry to improve social mobility, the industry continues to see too many recruited from the same traditional socioeconomic backgrounds as before. Studies show nearly half (48%) of new entrants to the industry, over the previous three years from the research, attended a fee-paying school or selective state school versus 18% of the wider population. Meanwhile, 9 in 10 of financial services workers are white and we also are still not recruiting enough women. Our approach social mobility seeks to change that and to ensure our industry fully reflects the society we serve.
And we will share more information on the projects as soon as we can. In the meantime, please contact Nicky King for the latest information.
On top of our footprint spanning the length and breadth of the UK, where we seek to connect women in financial services that work locally to your own home, we also seek to connect individuals based on other aspects of your professional life.