Employability Programme

The CISI’s employability programme connects financial services firms across the country with Year 12 and Year 13 students at schools and colleges who are studying for our qualifications, through the provision of work experience opportunities and insight days.

Whether you are a firm that is keen to develop future stars of the professional sector, or a school that wants to greatly enhance the employability prospects of its students, our employability programme is designed to help you.

Work experience opportunities for your students

The CISI’s employability programme is specifically for young people studying CISI qualifications in schools and colleges. Its purpose is to enhance students' learning experiences and help students to improve their understanding of working within the financial services sector.

Their future, your vision, our focus

The CISI has excellent links within the professional sector through its Corporate Supporters and we can help your school to connect with a local financial services firm who can offer valuable work experience placements to some of your students. We will liaise with firms on your behalf to create a work experience opportunity that suits your requirements - right place, right time of year, right content and right experience.

To ensure your students get the most out of their placement, we can provide advice and guidance how to run a successful work experience programme, we will also set the student a project to complete whilst on placements, which will help to add more structure to the placement. We will work with you to ensure that the students are safely supported throughout their experience.

To further support students throughout their work experience, they will receive free CISI Student membership, opening up a whole host of personal development opportunities.

Contact us

To find out more about our qualifications in schools and colleges, contact CISI Education Development:

+44 20 7645 0714
email educationdevelopment@cisi.org

If you are already running our qualifications within your school or college and would like to discuss work experience opportunities for your students, email Helen.Stocks@cisi.org.

"I really enjoyed the work experience week. The combination of Rathbones and the CISI went well, and the presentation motivated us to do our best whilst on placement. The CV and presentation tasks have given nothing but benefits and I have enjoyed every moment of the week!
Scott Singer, Kemnal Technology College, summer 2016 placement at Rathbones

Become a CISI work experience host

The CISI’s employability programme is designed to connect financial services employers across the country with Year 12 and Year 13 students (age 16-18), who are currently studying CISI qualifications within a school or a college, through the provision of work experience opportunities.

Our employability is entering into its third year, and we are looking for employers to engage with students during CISI Work Experience Week.

The 2017 CISI work experience week will be taking place from Monday 10th until Friday 14th July 2017. The week incorporates a combination of Insight and training events, with a three day work experience placement at a local firm.

10 reasons to get involved

  1. The placement is only for three days: Tuesday 11th until Thursday 13th July 2017
  2. Students will be set a project to complete on placement to give structure to the placement
  3. Raise your profile by supporting the local community
  4. Develop ongoing relationships with local schools
  5. Fulfil your Corporate Social Responsibility commitments
  6. Give your staff the experience of mentoring young employees
  7. Provide staff with opportunities to fulfil the 'development of others' criteria in the CISI CPD scheme
  8. Encourage students to pursue a career within your organisation
  9. Help us to raise the profile of financial services as a career route
  10. Access a pool of talented young people who are interested in banking and finance

We can help you establish a work experience programme

Never done anything like this before? Don't worry. We are here to help. We can advise on best practice and provide you with help and guidance that will assist you in developing a programme to suit your organisation.

If you already run a successful work experience programme, extending places to students studying CISI qualifications within their school or college, will help you to make new connections with motivated young people in your local community, and will help the industry to uncover, inspire and develop the stars of the future.

"Overall the work experince was great, it gave me access to valuable workshops about employabiliy skills, CV building and professionalism. The placement was exceptional and JDX Consulting provided a well oriented and scheduled placement. They were extremely friendly and welcoming and within the 3 days I was able to build relationships with employers.
James Albert, Norton Knatchbull School, Kent, Summer 2016 placement at JDX Consulting

Other ways to lend a hand

Visit a School or College

Inspire students with advice and knowledge of the industry, through a presentation, mentoring or attending a careers fair. CPD hours can be claimed, and resources including powerpoint presentations and careers brochures will be provided free of charge by the CISI.

Host a visit at your offices

Give students a taster of 'a day in the life' of your organisation. Insight days are an invaluable way for students to learn more about the industry.

Contact Us

Contact us directly to discuss the level and nature of support we provide.

+44 20 7645 0714
email educationdevelopment@cisi.org