In February 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 we planned our February launch 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 a virtual internship to online careers talks, we have continued to work closely with members and schools to offer support and opportunities where we could.
Chair of the Education Committee at the Company and Court Assistant Richard Nourse offered sixth-form students from under-represented backgrounds online internships over lockdown. Read more about a week for one sixth-former from St Saviour's and St Olave's School in Southwark, London, here.