Rathbone Greenbank Investments
Green Interns and Apprenticeships
Ethical investment is a fast-growing area and one which offers interesting and fulfilling career options. At Rathbone Greenbank we not only have a history of recruiting skilled graduates, but also a long track record of offering development opportunities through paid internship programmes.
In 2012, we took things a step further by teaming up with the University of the West of England under its pilot Green Undergraduate Internships Scheme. Under the scheme, which is supported by the Environmental Technologies iNet and benefits from EU financing, we co-funded the placement of a promising UWE undergraduate with our sustainable investment research team.
From a shortlist of applicants provided by the University, we were pleased to welcome Emma Eglington for a twelve-week period during the summer. Emma, who is now in the final year of her BA in International Relations, contributed to a number of important research projects, including a review of our country-based human rights risk profiles. Emma was able to gain a valuable insight into the workings of a busy office, whilst also gaining assistance and feedback with her research and presentations skills.
As part of our wider support for UWE’s initiative, Rathbone Greenbank also sponsored an award for ‘Green Intern of the Year’. We were delighted to award prizes to Zak Ajia (Ecofys), Jake Tudge (South West Water) and Maddie Culver-Goldstein (Windmill Hill City Farm) for the diary reports they produced based on their experiences with their respective employers.
The theme of personal development and ‘on-the-job’ training has recently been taken up by Rathbones in the form of an Apprenticeships scheme, based in our Liverpool office. The scheme will give six successful candidates (who have completed their A-levels) the opportunity to participate in a two-year development programme, starting in the summer of 2013. This will comprise both on-the-job training and work experience, and will provide educational funding to help achieve the qualifications needed to succeed in today’s competitive business environment.
The six apprentices will be offered roles within Rathbones’ Liverpool-based operational support teams, and the qualifications open to successful applicants include an NVQ in Business Administration and the Investment Operations Certificate. The scheme builds on Rathbones’ current range of training and development programmes, ranging from graduate to executive level coaching. If successful, the project will be replicated across Rathbones’ regional offices.
Through the Apprenticeships scheme and our ongoing involvement with the UWE Green Internships programme, we will continue to offer opportunities to young, ambitious applicants to help them gain the skills and knowledge necessary in the development of a rewarding career.