Amex and Blueprint for All team up to boost access to financial sector

Blueprint for All, a charity that works to create an inclusive society, has partnered with global payments company American Express, to deliver a financial services programme for its members.

Launching this month, the course is designed to provide 18–30-year-olds with diverse ethnic heritage living in the UK with the expertise, advice, and network to pursue a career in the financial services.

The course will consist of monthly virtual workshops and expert-ed career talks by American Express colleagues, on topics ranging from CV writing to building confidence and a personal brand.

American Express will also provide mentoring opportunities to participants to help navigate their way into the industry. The company said the mentors will help participants improve on areas such as communication, as well as professional and personal development.

Both the workshops and the mentoring programme are free to join and funded by American Express.

Blueprint for All outlined that young people with diverse ethnic heritage can be under-represented in the workplace and may struggle to find positive role models. The partnership with American Express aims to counter this.

Sonia Watson, CEO for Blueprint, said, “We are passionate about ensuring that everyone, irrespective of their race, ethnicity or background, has the opportunity to create their own blueprint – which this programme allows, creating tangible opportunities for young people to gain access to the financial sector.”

Blueprint for All has also worked with American Express’ colleague networks including BEN (Black Engagement Network) and ANA (Asian Network at Amex) as well as its Serve2Gether UK colleague volunteering programme to develop ‘A Guide to Financial Services’ toolkit. This resource aims to demystify the industry, offering insights, and empowering a diverse future workforce.

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