Name of Company:Allen & Overy
Programme Name:Smart Start Experience
Staff in London:2106
Allen & Overy’s Smart Start Experience tackles the issues of social mobility and access to the legal profession by giving students from inner-London schools an insight into the world of business. It’s about business; it’s about skills; and ultimately, it’s about opportunities.
Over 100 16-17 year old students participated in a week long programme of interactive workshops to help develop their aspirations and essential skills or success. Exercises included negotiating the sale of a fictional football club and the preparation of a legal defence based on a historic case.
Over 250 Allen & Overy employees are involved in the programme, resulting in over 90% of the students feeling more confident and having a clearer idea of the types of jobs available in the city.