Thousands of young Londoners join City careers festival

Over 5,000 young Londoners will link up with a range of major companies and institutions including the BBC, Amazon, and Disney at the London Careers Festival.

The City of London Corporation, which runs the event, aims to inspire the capital’s pupils, and guide them into successful careers - offering employment advice, apprenticeships, and work experience.

The free festival connects students from the capital’s primary and secondary schools with the world of work and will take place over two weeks, starting with a ‘virtual’ festival this week (27 to 29 June) featuring the BBC, Education and Employers, and ELSA.

Next week’s in-person (3 to 7 July) events at the City of London’s historic Guildhall, and other Square Mile venues, will feature Disney, Amazon, Prince's Trust, and KPMG. The City Corporation is also partnering again with ApprenticeFutures and Livery Schools Link.

Chair of the City Corporation’s Education Board, Caroline Haines, said:

“Young people are our future. That’s why the London Careers Festival is so important. We want to fuel young Londoners’ imaginations, and shape their futures, helping the capital’s firms access the large untapped talent pool that is critical for future growth.

“London needs a diverse and resilient future workforce, with job opportunities available to people of all backgrounds, so its businesses can compete globally and create lasting value for people across the UK.”

For further information about the London Careers Festival, click here.  

The City of London Corporation sponsors 10 high-performing academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington, and Southwark, through the City of London Academies Trust.

The Square Mile’s governing body is also the local education authority for one maintained primary school in the City of London, and the proprietor of three independent schools.

The City Corporation has twice been named by social mobility charity, Sutton Trust, as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average.

The organisation’s Connecting Communities programme offers Londoners of all backgrounds jobs, work experience, and apprenticeships. It gives people aged 18 and over skills training, traineeships, CV writing and interview workshops, and access to jobs in the Square Mile.