This quarter we feature one of our employer partners, Baillie Gifford and the work they are involved in to diversify their workforce and attract more young people into the industry.
Baillie Gifford is an investment management company that has been around since 1908, and now with offices in Edinburgh, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, New York and Hong Kong, it is a global firm offering a range of career opportunities.
When we hear ‘Investment Management,’ ‘Fund Management,’ ‘Stocks and Shares’ and ‘Pensions’, we may have a preconceived idea about the jobs that exist under these headings and the qualifications and skills required to work in these areas. Many believe that you must be ‘good at maths’ to work in this sector and whilst for some roles that is true, but with so many different opportunities the possibilities are endless.
Baillie Gifford pride themselves on recruiting unique individuals, all with diverse skill sets and backgrounds and their new Modern Apprenticeship programme harnesses exactly the same approach. We know that some young people are actively opting not to progress to university, despite having the grades to do so as there are so many Apprenticeship programmes now allowing people to ‘earn whilst they learn.’ Keen to ensure their recruitment practice was reflective of this and not to miss out on potential talent Baillie Gifford have created Modern Apprenticeship roles within 4 key areas of their business.
The apprentices have been in post since August and are settling well into their roles within Information Systems, Client Administration, Finance and Mandate Compliance . To promote these posts to young people, Baillie Gifford attended our annual Jobs Roadshow event which was attended by over 1300 young people. Their experience was so positive, they will be returning to exhibit in 2020.
‘’Attending the DYW Jobs Roadshow was a great way for us to connect with young people and showcase Baillie Gifford and the opportunities we had to offer.
Talking to young people and educators allowed us to profile the company, chat about what Investment Management is, what these roles were and to inform people regarding skills and qualifications.
Without connecting with young people, how can we as employers expect them to know what we are looking for? Working closely with DYW provides us with the necessary support to reach out to young people and diversify our talent pipeline.’’
Victoria MacGillivray, Early Careers Consultant, Baillie Gifford.
In addition, Baillie Gifford have also introduced a new ‘Work Experience Programme’ which offers young people from secondary schools in our area the opportunity to work within their Information Systems department. During this week-long programme pupils are given the opportunity to work with one of the project teams, with the potential to deliver a product that the firm may very well implement and use within the business.
The programme also includes opportunities to develop soft skills, including presentation skills, interviewing techniques, and office etiquette amongst others.
‘’ We are hoping to work with some enthusiastic pupils who are keen to learn more about working in I.T., and the world of Investment!
It will be a fun, interesting, interactive week where we hope the pupils get a “Real feel” for what it is like to work within an Information Systems department and as part of large independent organisation. Offering work experience is a great way for us as a firm to profile Baillie Gifford and inform and inspire young people to consider a career in this area.’’
Denise Symons, Information Systems, Baillie Gifford
We are delighted to be working so closely with Baillie Gifford. Huge thanks for your continued support to DYW and we are really excited to continue to work with you to create more opportunities for our young people.