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Barclays Rise Programme Launch
The annual Barclays RISE Programme was recently launched by Sheneen Ofori-Koree and a number of her Barclays colleagues to CTK students. Due to the on-going success of the programme the number of students taking part this year has increased from twenty to twenty four students.
Barclays RISE (Revealing the Industry to Secondary Education) is a mentoring programme, initiated by the Embrace Forum at Barclays and supported by local charity Urban Synergy. It was designed to engage, equip and encourage young people aged 16-18 with the skills and confidence they need to excel in their futures. The scheme was founded by former CTK student, Michael Lee, and fellow colleagues within the Barclays Graduate Scheme. They wanted to provide a platform where they could share their experiences whilst mentoring students who may have limited opportunities and insight into working in professional industries.
Each student on the programme is assigned a mentor and works with other students through a three month programme. Mentors have a range of expertise, so not all students taking part in the programme are necessarily interested in Banking and Finance. The normally fortnightly sessions are split into two parts with the first part being an interactive presentation on the development topic of the week. The second part is an opportunity for each mentee to have the chance to speak to and work with their mentor individually.
Following the successful completion of the mentoring programme, there is also the opportunity for students to gain a week’s work experience with Barclays.