Yorkshire-based wealth management firm, Pearson Jones, has chosen another Bradford University student for its annual summer internship programme.
The firm – with local offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, as well as Bishop Auckland and Reading – has chosen 20-year-old Michelle Kwangwari, a second year Accounting and Finance student at Bradford University School of Management.
Michelle will work in the firm’s Employee Benefits department alongside an existing Bradford University financial planning student, Waheed Ali, who is currently undertaking a one-year placement with Pearson Jones.
This is the third year the firm has participated in the university’s internship and industry placement initiatives, usually involving students from the BSc in Financial Planning, created by the university, the Yorkshire Independent Financial Advisers Forum and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
Kath McKenna, operations manager and Chartered financial planner at the firm, said:
“Michelle impressed us with her attitude and clear customer service focus at interview. She came across as an excellent candidate and narrowly missed out on a 12-month placement position.
“I did not want to lose her and I was pleased when an opportunity to take her on as an intern in our Employee Benefit department arose.”
Elaine Dean, business co-ordinator at Bradford University School of Management, said:
“The internship and industry placement programme gives our students experience, skills and increased employability for when they finish the course.
“In turn, the firms providing the workplace opportunities get the chance to see the students at work ahead of potentially offering them a full-time job at graduation.”
Caspar Bartington, relationship manager – education at the CII, said:
“The internships with firms are essential for the financial planning sector to nurture new talent in an industry that has undergone seismic change and requires a fresh intake of well-qualified professionals to ensure the public continues to have access to sound financial advice.”