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This month Lewisham College welcomed investment management companies LGT Wealth Management and Vanguard to our campus to speak with IT and Business learners about careers within the investment industry.

The two presentations covered various aspects of the investment industry, including how investment and asset management companies operate, the different career paths available, and how learners can stand out when applying for apprenticeships and traineeships.

LGT’s talk focused specifically on the importance of technology in wealth management, while Vanguards presentation helped learners to understand the role investing plays in the world. Each event concluded with a workshop and Q&A session, where learners could ask the professionals about their career journeys and their roles within their respective companies. Both LGT and Vanguard advertised apprenticeships and traineeships to learners that will be open for applications in 2022 and 2023.

The event was coordinated in partnership with Investment20/20, a social enterprise that helps school leavers and graduates from diverse backgrounds enter careers within the investment management industry.

Gerard Garvey, Principal of Lewisham College, said: “The Investment2020 event was a fantastic opportunity for our IT and Business learners to discover the opportunities available in the investment management industry. Having such reputable organisations speaking with our learners will prove an invaluable experience in helping them make informed decisions about their next stage in education or the workplace.”

James Blake, Learning and Development Manager at Vanguard, said: “It is important to talk to students at events like this, who might not even know our industry exists and tell them what an exciting place it is to work. Ultimately if we can make that link in their minds between their career and a future in our industry, and even better, our company, then that is a great use of our time. The students really paid attention, and we got some thoughtful questions from the audience - I think we sparked some interest!"

Jonathan Zephir is a Software Developer at LGT Wealth Management. He commented on his interactions with learners: “It was great to see all the students here thinking about their next steps after College, whether that is university or an apprenticeship like what we are offering. I can see a huge amount of potential in the students I have spoken to; whether they desire to get into programming, business, or design work, there is a real drive there to work in the IT industry.”

Level 3 IT student, Hawa Konneh, attended the talk with LGT Wealth Management. She said: “Meeting and talking with the IT professionals from LGT and learning about the opportunities at the company has been useful. They covered cyber security, how technology has changed banking, and how they utilise data in their business. I learned a lot about investing, and I will consider applying for jobs with them in the future.”

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