In March 2020, at our Freemen Dinner, we launched Engage with Education.
This new scheme aims to support schools through a range of activities - using the strength of our membership's experiences – to help students and to give schools extra-educational expertise.
From advice on university courses and offering work experience opportunities through to longer term support with mentoring or school governance, our ambition is to help our members to give back, to make a positive impact on young people's lives and to make the opportunities to do so as easy and as exciting as possible.
Of course, launching a new hands-on volunteering experience for members to connect with schools in 2020 was particularly ambitious, although we didn't know to quite what extent when it was planned at the end of 2019.
While we had to scale back plans for our first year, activities have gone ahead as we moved online. From virtual internships to online careers talks, and exciting extra-curricular programmes, we have continued to work closely with members and schools to offer support and opportunities where we could.