We will explore and develop programmes over the next 2 years which target the barriers contributing to the skills gap.

In 2018 we created She Can Be... which aimed to open up untapped talent blocked by barriers relating to gender at a time when 10 girls to every 1 boy believed that discrimination will hold them back in their careers (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 2016) and 64% of 17-21 year old females believe that all being equal employers prefer to hire a man over a woman (Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2016).

To achieve this we partnered with Place2Be, Teach First, The Girls’ Network and Young Enterprise.

Target the skills gap.

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How She Can Be... works

The one day event is broken into two parts. Small groups of young women visit City firms in the morning to participate in interactive workplace shadowing and learn about the variety of roles in the City, how their skills are transferable to the workplace, the diversity of backgrounds of women working there and why the City wants to recruit them.

They also meet Real Models - young women themselves, employed by these firms and representing a range of roles within the organisation, to whom the participants can relate.

In the afternoon, participants come together with businesses to hear from keynote speakers, share what they have learned and discuss what needs to change, ending the day by making a pledge to make a difference.

Our Executive Summary

Watch Alaina’s Story

Alaina was inspired to get involved with She Can Be... because the role models around her at school only spoke about careers in nursing and teaching. Therefore, being able to speak and demonstrate that there are so many opportunities available motivates her to continue to speak to and encourage young women like her.

This was important to Alaina because when she initially started out in the financial industry she recalls feeling overwhelmed as there was no one she could relate to. She Can Be... gave Alaina the opportunity to work with young women and demonstrate that there are people who look like them and come from different backgrounds working in the City.

Making inroads

  • We’re making progress
  • 93% 93% of employees felt inspired by the event.
  • 100% 100% would recommend She Can Be ... to a friend
  • 75% 75% of young women participants now understand the pathways into City careers and the skills required.

Energised, engaged
and ambitious

Alaina felt energised speaking to so many engaged and ambitious young women who had a wide range of questions about the career opportunities available, the knowledge and skills required for specific roles, and CV writing and practical interviewing skills.

Following her presentation, a number of the participants connected with her on LinkedIn to follow her career journey, thereby highlighting the ongoing impact of getting involved for both the young women and herself.

Be brave. You have a lot more to offer than you think you do.

Will you help?

Inspire the next generation of young women.

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If you would like to be part of this pioneering initiative, now in its second year, please register below.

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