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Summer 2020

Are you looking for activities and resources to help you explore different carers and develop your skills this summer?

City of London Corporation

  • The ‘New Normal’ Virtual Workshop, Wed, 12 Aug 2pm – 3.30pm

This is a virtual holistic workshop focusing on physical  and mental adjustment to living with COVID-19. The aim is to equip young people within the City of London about adjusting to what is called the ‘New Normal’. We will cover issues such as keeping safe, making the most of their summer break, preparing for life in school / college for September along with some great tips of looking after your mental health.

For more information and to book a place please contact Matilda Newman-Smart (Prospects Services) on T: 07585 401280 or E:

You can also see more information here.

National Careers Service

  • Information: the National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline

The National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline is available again this year, providing professional and personalised advice to those receiving any exam results, including BTECs, GCSEs and A Levels. The Exams Results Helpline runs from Wednesday 12th August and continues until Friday 28th August. It is available for young people, and their parents or carers looking for careers support, who can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 from 8am to 10pm 7 days a week.

As well as the Exam Results Helpline, National Careers Service has developed new pages on its website, offering post-16 and post-18 advice, covering everything from exploring options and career routes at 16 and 18, to how to write a CV and how to find job opportunities. Please see the National Careers Service website for further information.


  • Free Virtual Summer Camps

Make good use of free time during July and August with the summer passport for Digital Fun with Microsoft. They are delivering a series of virtual workshops for young people. They will be so busy having fun, they will forget they’re building valuable skills for life.

More information here

  • STEM and Coding Missions

Join Microsoft in learning to code video games, an app and more.

Register here

  • Digital tools to explore your creative side

A variety of workshops are available for young people aged 8+ to learn digital photography skills and build confidence when reading

More information here



  • Free Career Quiz

Try the new HELP career Quiz and find out what careers is best for you! Click the link here


Faiths United

  • “Connected Communities” – A Creative Competition for Youth

If you are aged between 7 and 18 and resident in the UK, you are invited to participate in a Creative Competition this summer. The “Connected Communities” competition is asking young people to use their imagination and a range of media to answer the question: ‘How has the COVID-19 crisis brought your community together?’

There are great prizes on offer. Deadline is 17:00 on Friday 28th August 2020.

Find out more here


Central Film School

  • Filmmakers Summer School (free)

Central Film School are running summer schools for those in year 12, living within a Polar 1 and Polar 2 area or in receipt of free school meals. Or those whoe are over the age of 20, living within a Polar 1 and Polar 2 area

Find out more here

  • SummerTeen Filmmaking Course (not free)

Central Film School will only be running one on-campus SummerTeen Summer Course this year, which will be from the 17th to the 28th of August.

More information here


Investment 20/20

  • CISI Level 2 Fundamentals of Financial Services Qualification

The CISI has partnered with the City of London Corporation to offer the CISI Level 2 Fundamentals of Financial Services qualification to year 12 students which will run from November 2020 to May 2021.

During the year, students will gain a broad insight into the fundamental components of the financial services sector via this foundation professional qualification. This includes looking at different types of banks, retail financial products, as well as focusing on how financial markets and instruments such as shares, bonds, funds, and derivatives work.

The qualification will be taught via 25 online sessions, held after school every term-time Wednesday. Sessions will commence on 11th November 2020, culminating in students sitting the exam at the CISI London Test Centre in May 2021.

An introductory webinar to provide students with more information about the programme will be held on 30th September 2020.  If students would like to find out more about the programme, they can complete a short application form to register their interest. Those that complete the form will be sent a link to the online session in September.

  • Think Investments:  Supporting year 13 students in progressing to sustainable employment

The City of London Corporation is working in partnership with Investment20/20 to deliver their award winning Think Investments programme.  Think Investments is a week long programme delivered virtually in February half term 2021.  Aimed at year 13 students who are keen to progress straight to the world of work upon completion of sixth form, Think Investments will enable students to:

– Meet, virtually, five investment management firms over the course of one week.

– Gain insight into industry topics, such as ESG and FinTech to increase understanding of investment management

– Discover career pathways across the sector and routes in

– Access advice from recruitment specialists to make applications the best as they can be

– Network with people working in different roles across each employer.

Students from previous Investment20/20 pre-entry programmes have progressed to roles at global investment managers including Schroders, M&G, Brooks MacDonald, Willis Towers Watson, Vanguard, and many others.  Think Investments is delivered real time on the GoTo meeting platform.  All students will need to go through an application procedure to ensure they are aware of their own responsibilities as a participant on the programme.  This process includes individual interviews and an onboarding session.  All students will be required to submit parental consent which includes agreeing to the Investment20/20 safeguarding policy:  Investment20/20 staff have DBS Enhanced checks and we can provide certificate details if required, and all have completed the NSPCC online course Introduction to Safeguarding.

There are 25 spaces available on the programme, and priority is given to year 13 students who have completed the CISI qualification (there is not a requirement that the students have passed the exam).

In addition to the year 13 work in 20/21, Investment2020 will be working alongside the CISI to promote Think Investments to the new Year 12 students who are enrolling on the CISI qualification.  This will allow us to engage students early in Think Investments and demonstrate to them the progression routes from the CISI qualification when they begin year 13 in 21/22.

Register interest by Monday 23 November 2020. The Think Investment Programme will run between 15-19 February 2021 between 9:30-11:30am.

For more information or to discuss further please email Jenny Barber, Director of Careers and Talent:


Maths Mates

  • Summer Saturdays with the Maths Mates

Summer Saturdays with the Maths Mates is a 7 week-long summer programme, each with a different theme exploring a range of mathematical ideas. Aimed at 4-12year olds, it can be used by families at home or by play leaders with children at holiday clubs or summer schemes.

Join Time Turtle, Decimal Dog and their Maths Mates crew as they voyage through a sea of fun and creative maths activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Beginning on Saturday 18th July and running until the end of August, each week Summer Saturdays will introduce you to a new hands-on activity. There will be craft, construction, puzzles, maps and games and you can do them in any order. You’ll need to head outdoors for some, but we haven’t forgotten a few for those rainy days!

Our website has lots of free family maths resources and activities.

More information here


Financial Times

  • Free Financial Times for schools

The Financial Times is now offering free online subscriptions to students aged 16-19, their teachers and schools around the world, and to colleges of further education in the UK.  We believe reading the FT will help in study, essay writing, exams and broadening knowledge to improve performance in interviews for university and employment. It can also support those studying English including through audio articles.

Click here to check if your school is registered for free access, to sign up and request an individual FT account. Further information available here.


City of London Corporation

  • Climate Action Strategy – Have Your Say!

The City of London Corporation is developing an evidence-based Climate Action Strategy that will cover our own operations, those of the Square Mile and how we will adapt to climate change.  The aims are to reduce the City’s carbon emissions, to ensure we are resilient to climate change and to lead others to make similar changes. We are aware climate change will affect everyone and understand that if we want to play our part internationally, we must play our part locally. That is why we would like to hear from you.

We welcome you to provide feedback through our survey on climate change until 31 August 2020. We greatly value and appreciate your insight.



Coming soon!

We hope you took part and enjoyed London Careers Festival 2020!