Yesterday I attend the Linklaters Learn for Work event at Clapton Girls’ Academy to celebrate business support for education in Hackney.
Talking at the event was the Minister for Children and Families, Tim Loughton MP, who applauded the work being done by Linklaters and its Community partners, including the citizenship foundation.
He commented “Business involvement in education is growing and I welcome and encourage this. For many young people in Hackney, the City is so near, yet so far and I congratulate Linklaters and their Learn for Work programme for putting it within their sights.”
It was great to be at the event and speak with some of the students who have been directly influenced by the programme. One student saying to me that she was more confident and always looked people in the eye when speaking to them after the communication and advocacy training we ran with the year 8 students. ‘ I am thinking maybe law as a career now…or maybe a fashion journalist’ Linklaters are the champions of our lawyers in schools programme which now sees 30 odd law firms and in-house legal teams partner with schools across the UK
It is brilliant to see that in a deprived area ofLondon, inspiration flourished among students in their goals to do the best they can during school and welcome the opportunities the business and charity partnerships give to them