Baker McKenzie has today announced the launch of the second year of its successful Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (NCS) Leadership Programme and its expansion to offer skills training to other schools in the City of London Academies Trust.

The programme, which was first launched in 2020, aims to bridge the gap between the business and education sectors through bespoke skills training and mentoring for A-Level students.

Each programme runs for two years and includes the delivery of training to students including, among other things, presentation delivery, interview skills, building resilience, objective setting and CV workshops.

Andriea Vamadevan, Senior Associate and Founder of the programme comments: "The programme, delivered by trainees, associates, partners and members of our professional business support team, really focuses on teaching core "life skills" but we also run practical sessions where the students can implement what we have discussed and obtain feedback. It is important that talented students who are less exposed to the City also have access to key decision makers and do not feel that our industry is inaccessible to them".

Global Chair of the Firm's Banking & Finance practice group and a partner at Baker McKenzie, Matthew Dening, who sponsors the programme, comments: "This is a unique collaboration enabling us to further demonstrate our commitment to social mobility. It is a privilege to help nurture the abundant talent taking part in this programme, as well as working with their dedicated and inspirational teaching staff."

As part of the programme, Baker McKenzie is also delivering tailored senior management training to members of school staff, including sessions on building resilience and how to disseminate feedback. These sessions have been designed on the premise that successful private and public sector management teams ultimately require similar skills.

Mouhssin Ismail, Principal of Newham Collegiate Sixth Form comments: "There are many key takeaways that each sector can be learning from one another, and it is important that we collaborate with one another to do just this. Without this united effort, we will struggle to meaningfully tackle social mobility."

Baker McKenzie's wider team members include: Matthew Legg, Mark Agnew, Henry Gee, Gabrielle Galdino-Glaeser, Chenise Howe, Aleksandar Genov, Bushra Begum, Rachele Dal Cin, Natalie Cordell, Susanna Winter, Amy Millard, Kirsty Milner, Duy Le and Steve Cragg.
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