Columbia Threadneedle is pleased to welcome six new trainees as part of Investment2020, an initiative by leading UK investment firms to offer young people from diverse backgrounds a first job in The City. The new joiners – four female and two male – have now begun their 12 month paid traineeship which will equip them for a career in finance.
Charlotte Edwards, Ebele Nwangwu, Emma Woodley, Kara Paslawska, Kori Adu and Simon Morton-Grant are excited to enter this new stage of their career. Until August 2018, each of them will have the chance to work in different areas across the business such as Investment Operations, Finance or Compliance & Monitoring. Alongside technical ability and academic success broader capabilities – such as team work and communication skills – are important as well as the affinity with our Values of Client focus, Excellence, Integrity and Respect.
We were delighted to receive a record number of applicants this year, including significantly more female applicants than in the past. This aligns with our efforts in gender diversity and creating a more diverse workforce.
Designed to enhance social mobility, Columbia Threadneedle Investment is pleased to be part of Investment2020. The programme offers both school leavers and graduates the opportunity to work in finance regardless of background, education and knowledge of the sector. It also aims at broadening the scope of talent pools in the financial industry. Since the its launch in 2013, Investment2020 has enabled 1,000 young people start a career in fund management.
Maths Graduate Charlotte Edwards likes to run and is currently training to compete in the Essex Cross Country League this winter: “I am excited to start in the financial services industry and am keen to see what opportunities arise for me in the future here at Columbia Threadneedle.”
Economics Graduate Ebele Nwangwu has already gained some work experience in investment banking and lived in the Middle East: “I am passionate about developing young people and hope to contribute to agricultural advancements in developing countries.” She is also a semi-professional dancer.
Emma Woodley is particularly interested in the macro aspect of policies and their consequential effects: “I want to experience the variety of jobs available in the financial industry that leads me into my future career path.” In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, cycling and paddle boarding.
Kara Paslawska has worked as an analyst at a financial think tank dealing with financial regulations after completing her Law degree: “I am particularly interested in global connections and interdependencies which have made me decide to follow a career in finance.” Her biggest passion lies in cooking and anything food related.
Kori Adu studied Business Management at Newcastle University. After various internships in Investment Banking, his focus shifted to the asset management industry: “The Investment2020 scheme will provide me with a unique opportunity to gain a valuable insight into different areas of the business, and the industry as a whole.” Aside from that, he has been involved in football, athletics, boxing and polo and has represented teams from regional to national level.
Simon Morton-Grant holds an MSc in Finance and Investment and has already completed an internship at an investment bank: “I became fascinated by the fast paced and challenging nature of this work.” Not only is he a huge Manchester United fan, he is also an avid swimmer and water polo player who represented Great Britain in the latter.