UK's Largest Careers Speed Networking Event for Young People, 20 October 2016, Lord's Cricket Ground Pavilion.

UK's Largest Careers Speed Networking Event for Young People

28 October 2016

On Thursday 20 October 2016, over 350 of London’s most successful business leaders and professionals shared their knowledge and experience with 330 young people at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The ‘careers speed networking’ event – the largest of its kind ever to take place in the UK – gave young Londoners aged 13-15 the opportunity to gain careers advice in one-on-one, four minute networking sessions with professionals. 

Research by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) has found that young adults who recalled four or more business interactions while at school were five times less likely to be a NEET (not in education, employment or training) and earned, on average, 16% more.

The event was run by Team London in partnership with Marylebone Cricket Club's Community Development team.

Preparing the next generation for the world of work and giving youngsters more ways to engage with business opens up opportunity, helps to improve their life chances and ensures that London’s economy has the skilled workforce that it needs to grow. It’s great to see so many professionals volunteering to share their expertise and top tips with teenagers. I encourage even more businesses to volunteer just a little time to give our future leaders and entrepreneurs guidance as they explore their future career paths. Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration & Skills.

This event was a great success last year so I am pleased we are hosting it again – another example of our commitment to engaging with our local community. We're delighted to be working closely with Team London, which adds to our existing work with a number of local organisations to help provide opportunities for local young people seeking employment and careers advice – some of which will be in the sports industry. I would like to thank all the business people and the wide range of MCC staff who are giving up their time for this event, and I hope it is beneficial to the young people who attend.' Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive.

First run in October 2015, this youth careers education event sees business volunteers from all sectors of business give hundreds of young people the chance to be inspired and explore the variety of careers London has to offer.

UK's Largest Careers Speed Networking Event for Young People

Participating companies

Over 350 business volunteers from the organisations listed below gave one-to-one careers advice to the capital's young people:

  • Advanced Computer Software
  • Alexander Mann Solutions
  • APT
  • ASOS
  • Balfour Beatty
  • BAM Construction
  • Barclays
  • Berkeley Foundation
  • Berkeley Group
  • Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
  • Blackstone
  • Bloomberg London
  • Bouygues UK
  • British Airways
  • BT
  • Careers and Enterprise
  • Carey Group
  • CEC
  • CGI
  • CH2M
  • Chiswick Consulting
  • CIPD
  • Citibank
  • Civil Service Fast Stream and Fast Track
  • Claremont Consulting Ltd
  • Coach Core
  • Cospa & Volunteer It Yourself
  • Craigewan
  • CVB
  • Dentsu Aegis
  • Deparment for Work and Pensions
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Internal Trade
  • Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London
  • Eggcelerate
  • ERM Ltd
  • Experian
  • Farfetch
  • Fashion Retail Academy
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • FlamingoRose Ltd
  • Framestore
  • Frank Hirth
  • Freelance
  • FTI Consulting
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Greater London Authority
  • Hamilton Barnes
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • Hospital Saturday Fund / HSF Health Plan
  • HSF health plan
  • IBM UK
  • ITV
  • J.P. Morgan
  • KellyDeli UK
  • Leicester Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership
  • Lifetime training
  • Local Government Association
  • London & Partners
  • London Business School
  • London Stansted Airport
  • Marylebone Cricket Club
  • Mastercard
  • Maxwell Stamp PLC
  • Office for Civil Society
  • Pemex
  • Performance Concepts Limited
  • Portland
  • Portland Communications
  • Rackspace
  • Rapport
  • RBS
  • Richard Alston Dance Company, The Place
  • Seetec
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Skanska UK Plc
  • Skills Qualifications
  • Snappin' Turtle Productions
  • Social Mktg
  • Sony Music
  • Spirit of 2012
  • Starbucks
  • STEM Learning Ltd
  • Step Forward Apprenticeships
  • Student Hubs
  • Tactics Management Consultancy
  • Team Flo
  • Thames Tideway
  • The Challenge
  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • The London Institute of Banking & Finance
  • The Postal Museum
  • The Scout Association
  • The Whitehall & Industry Group
  • Tideway
  • TMG
  • Transport for London
  • TSB
  • TSB Bank Plc
  • vInspired
  • Wates Construction
  • WorldSkills UK
  • Zendesk

Participating schools

Over 350 young people aged 13 - 15 from the schools below attending the careers speed networking event: 

  • Aylands School, Enfield
  • Bishop Thomas Grant School, Lambeth
  • Bishopshalt School, Hillingdon
  • Camden School for Girls, Camden
  • Eastlea Community School, Newham
  • Fulham Boys School, Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Gaynes School, Havering
  • Hammersmith Academy, Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Heathcote School and Science College, Waltham Forest
  • Heron Hall Secondary Academy, Enfield
  • Lambeth Academy, Lambeth
  • Lister Community School, Newham
  • Quintin Kynaston Community Academy, Westminster
  • St Augustine's Church of England High School, Westminster
  • St Catherine's, Bexley
  • St Joseph's College, Croydon
  • St Marys and St Johns
  • Swakeleys School for Girls, Hillingdon
  • The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School, Hillingdon

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