A Skilled City

The need to change perceptions

  • 67%

    53% of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 say they've missed out on developing skills for their future because of the pandemic.

  • 7373%

    Almost three in four (73%) girls and young women aged 11 to 21 think women have to work much harder than men to succeed. 

  • 27%

    More than a quarter (27%) of young women believe teachers and career advisors often encourage girls to do different subjects to boys.

How are we doing that?

Our initiatives

We Can Be

We Can Be is our series of workshops and events that help young women see the City as a viable career option. We help women develop their skills, ambitions, and get exposure to other women in the City. 

How does it work?

    Executive Summary Download information on our sessions
    Contact us About taking part in We Can Be events
    Corporate Partners How to become an Appeal partner

How does it work

Empowering young women to make informed decisions about their careers 

We Can Be aims aims to boost young women’s confidence in their abilities by equipping them with the tools to consider careers in the City, if they want one.

Our upcoming events

WeCanBe FutureReady

The impact of our work

  • 83%

    83% of young women would consider a career in the City after attending We Can Be.

  • 96%

    96% of young women disagreed that a career in the City is more for young men than young women after attending the event.

  • 89%

    89% of young women had a greater understanding of the different roles available to them after attending the event.

"We Can Be is an excellent way for us to de-bunk myths about the City to young women who may not have considered it as a viable career path."

It is an integral part of our strategy to create greater gender diversity and social mobility within the City and is a step forward on our way to achieve the Women in Finance Charter. Smith & Williamson are very proud to have been participants and sponsors of We Can Be for the third year running.


Lydia Garratt
Investment Manager, Smith and Williamson

Contact us to take part in We Can Be

We Can Be: Lydia Garratt (Smith and Williamson)

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With your support, we can make an unprecedented change to help one million people thrive.

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