The connection between private school alumni and future career success has long been established.

Now, the ‘Inspiring City Role Models” programme run by the national education charity Future First and funded by the City of London Corporation aims to provide the same outcomes for state school students.

Under the initiative, City workers who went to school in City fringe boroughs are being urged to sign up to alumni networks at their old school and act as mentors, work experience providers and career and education role models to provide a gateway into the City for current students.

The boroughs neighbouring the City often perform below the London average in terms of deprivation, employment and qualification related statistics, so despite being geographically closest to the City, these young people are often the furthest from a career within the Square Mile.

Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director of Future First said, “More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do. If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’s possible for them too.”

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