Since 2016 Freeman, Jon Sweet’s company Lysis has been supporting Damilola Taylor Trust Career Pathway Programme: Work in The City, here’s his story.

The objective of the Programme is to provide participants from disadvantaged backgrounds with experience and insight into working in the financial services industry. The Programme covers a number of different roles and aspects, working in a number of different areas including Anti-money Laundering, IT support and Generalist Corporate roles.

Since 2016 Lysis has:

  • Sponsored over 50 young people from the DTT on the City Career Pathway Programme (CCPP).
  • Given one/two-month, paid internships to over 20 of DTT CPP candidates.
  • Provided training scholarship to over 30 young people from the DTT CCPP.
  • Offered a full time, permanent employment, to DTT CPP interns.

Lysis recognises the need to proactively engage with various members of the community in addition to its core work with financial institutions. It is for this reason that Lysis has actively been collaborating with the DTT to help them deliver their CPP “Work in The City” which aims at exposing individuals from less favourable backgrounds to professional working experience in the financial services industry.  Research in fact shows that violence rates amongst individuals from challenged backgrounds is higher compared to those coming from more affluent backgrounds who also land better jobs.

Lysis is the primary sponsor of the DTT CPP and supports the programme in the following ways:

  • Two-day Careers Workshop – This two-day workshop event held once a year aims to provide the DTT CPP candidates with an understanding of the City of London and its financial services industry and to familiarise them with CV-writing, interview and other job-finding techniques.  The workshop focuses on creating practical skills and helping the candidates put them in to practice in a safe environment.
  • Paid internships – The paid internship scheme at Lysis has been structured to allow successful applicants to pursue some professional experience in the financial service industry whether in IT, in KYC, Anti Money Laundering or in generalist roles. Summer internships last 1-2 months and during this time the intern is mentored by a team member who will help him/her understand the skills required to perform the assigned role, familiarize with the jargon of a corporate professional setting, learn/improve professional behaviour, teamwork and how to interact with members of the office at all levels.  Some of our interns come from the DTT CPP.
  • Employment – Some DTT CPP interns go on to successfully achieve employment with Lysis where they can benefit from our Graduate and School-Leaver Training Programme.
  • Training We Offer Scholarships to participants of the DTT CPP via the Lysis Academy Certification in Advanced KYC

Lysis’ efforts to include diversity in its corporate setting through this scheme has been successful, in fact in 2017, more than 30 young aspiring professionals have been interning as part of their City Careers Pathway Programme experience and many of them have been employed. This is proof of Lysis’ effective ability to approach, integrate and retain professionals from all kinds of backgrounds in the financial service industry.

One of our employees, Alex started his journey at Lysis with a 3 months internship programme in 2017 covering various roles starting with IT moving to office manager to KYC Analyst. Alex is an enthusiastic, energetic character that is always keen on broadening his knowledge and skillset in many areas. Having completed the Lysis Academy KYC training Alex is now using the knowledge he gained to carry out cases and reviews using CDD/EDD alongside screening tools and CLM systems such as KYC6 and iMeta. He has worked on two different client projects and has really developed as an analyst. Alex wants to gain more experience and utilise his people’s skills to become a team leader to encourage people and bring the best out of them to perform well on projects.

Richard Taylor, founder of The Damilola Taylor Trust commented, ” We are delighted that our Career Pathway Programme: work in the City is delivering the benefits the programme was designed to provide to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds: access to paid internships in Lysis, a fast-growing City firm as well as other organisations in the Financial Services industry that they might not normally consider. We are grateful to Lysis for supporting us make this programme a reality”.

Contact [email protected] if you or your firm would like to support the Damilola Taylor Trust City Career Pathway Programme.

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