A group of thirty apprentices in the city were kitted out in made to measure designer suits thanks to social mobility charity, Leadership Through Sport & Business.
The aspiring accountants were dressed by leading clothes retailer Tom James Company so they can take the next steps in their new careers.
Speaking at the presentation evening in Bank, London, Ian Powell, Personal Clothier at Tom James Company, said:
“Tom James Company is really grateful to have some of the most successful gentlemen in the city work directly with ourselves and the charity LTSB, to donate both the clothing that they are no longer using and monetary donations for the charity, to fit out these young men in smart suits for their new careers.
“The donations, which were carefully tailored to fit these young men, will give them the confidence to ‘walk an inch taller’ and stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers in their exciting new corporate careers.
“LTSB is in the people business just like Tom James Company so when we heard about the great work they are doing with tomorrow’s young leaders we saw an immediate synergy.
“‘We build people’ is the Tom James Company mission statement that we believe applies to all of our employees, clients and partners like LTSB.”
LTSB is a unique programme that works with bright young people from underprivileged areas to prepare and support them in accountancy apprenticeships with top financial firms across the UK. Intensive training with blue-chip companies and elite football foundations, such as the West Ham United Foundation, develops young people personally and professionally, and better prepares them for the business world.
LTSB student Kevin Kiniu (Pictured Above), 21, from Ilford is currently looking for employment through the scheme, said:
“This was a fantastic opportunity because this tailored suit is going to give me such great confidence. I can now think of myself as someone who belongs in the corporate world.
“When potential employers first see me, they’ll realise I’m serious about my career because of how professional I look. For Tom James to supply me with such a quality suit is amazing and the staff really made me feel special during the process.”
Kevin has completed his Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) level 2 qualification and is studying for his AAT Level 3 with The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London.
LTSB has been running for over 6 years, working with over 60 employers, such as Santander, EY, Deloitte, Barclays, all of whom highly recommend taking on LTSB students as apprentices.
The programme solves a huge headache for employers, as diverse talent is already sourced and trained before their ready to start work. For more information click Leadership Through Sport & Business