@Future_Asset: new initiative to support careers in investment management in Scotland

The new scheme will unlock Scotland’s potential for the investment management industry  

Future Asset has today announced the launch of their new membership scheme, which is open to Investment Management firms across Scotland. The purpose of the scheme is to enable firms to align themselves with the charities’ mission, which is to inform girls in Scotland about careers in investment management, enthuse them about opportunities in the sector, and widen the talent pipeline to improve diversity in the industry. 

Sarah Whitley, Chair for Future Asset comments, “Becoming part of our community of like-minded businesses will be of great benefit to the members. We strongly believe the whole sector carries a clear responsibility to widen the talent pipeline and improve diversity in the industry. Not only will their presence demonstrate their commitment to benefit girls across Scotland and help them access the industry, but they will also be able to participate in a vibrant annual programme delivering effective engagement.” 

Helen Bradley, Programme Manager at Future Asset comments, “Schoolgirls across Scotland have told us time and time again how the experiences offered by Future Asset have been invaluable, broadening their horizons and showing them a wider range of opportunities that they might not have considered for themselves and by opening their eyes to the fact that doors can and will be opened for them if they wish to be part of the world of investment management”. 

Other membership benefits will include engagement with schools, the opportunity to contribute to the Growing Future Assets Competition use of the Future Asset membership logo, , and speaker opportunities at the various event, thus enabling firms to raise their profile. 

The second Growing Future Assets Investment Competition will be launched in June and will enable 14-18 year old girls to pitch a company they believe will be a good long-term investment to industry professionals. Winners will receive £1000 for their school and vouchers for each of the team. It will also give them invaluable work experience at a time when face to face work experience is not possible.   

Sharing their Future Asset experience, a student commented,  

“I learned so much from taking part in the competition but in particular I think I learned the true meaning of investment in that the value of a company is not determined by its share price which I think is a very common misconception, and instead that it’s actually based on a whole host of factors from the make-up of the business’s leadership team to their sustainability.” 

Future Asset believes that being female should never be seen as a barrier to progressing in a chosen career.  Their goal is to enable girls in the senior phase of high school to learn how investment can change the world for the better, gain valuable, transferable skills and consider the benefits of possible future careers. They organise conferences and workshops for girls across Scotland. For more information on their work visit https://www.futureasset.org.uk/  

The investment required to join the scheme will depend on the applicant’s size, and there is also the possibility to become a sponsor. To enquire about the membership scheme, contact Helen Bradley: helen@futureasset.org.uk  

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