The National Skills Academy for Financial Services will this evening [30 October] host a high level event in the House of Commons on encouraging employers in the financial services industry to widen the diversity of the workforce to ensure it better represents the communities it serves. The event will be hosted in the House of Commons and is to be attended by the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Matthew Hancock MP.

The event will be attended by a large number of senior representatives from the industry, as well as the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Academy, Anthony Thomson and Sylvia Perrins.

Newly appointed Chairman of the Academy, Anthony Thomson, explained,

At the event I will be talking about skills development in the industry. As a not for profit, educational charity we are committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all, and are keen to widen the diversity of the workforce and ensure it better represents the communities it serves.

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We are constantly trying to create alternative talent entry schemes with firms so they can take advantage of the rich pool of potential new entrants that they do not access through their normal recruitment channels.

Preparing this new talent to be job -ready with the appropriate business attitudes and mind-sets provides them with the best opportunity to succeed. Apprenticeship schemes for new entrants are an excellent way for them to continue their training and development and more and more firms are recognising the value of apprenticeships.

I hope that is evening goes someway to demonstrating to employers that widening the diversity of the workforce is beneficial on so many levels.”

At the event that evening, graduates who have benefited from the Academy’s programme will share with the audience their experiences.

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