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      INVITATION: OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT – A DISCUSSION AROUND FINTECH, SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

      FSTP LLP in partnership with AlgoMe invite you to a lunchtime round table discussion on the most pressing issues in today’s industry; digital skills shortage and the Apprenticeship Levy

      Date: Tuesday October 22
      Location: WeWork, 1 Fore Street Avenue, Moorgate, EC2Y 9DT
      Time: 12.15 for 12.30

      Introducing your hosts:
      FSTP LLP, a Main Provider for Apprenticeships offering Financial Services, Leadership and Management Apprenticeships, will be on hand to share insights and experience

      AlgoMe, the community for the Investment Management industry, connecting professionals from Asset Managers, Wealth Managers and FinTechs with their wider industry ecosystem will be on hand to discuss skills and transformation in the industry


      The event:
      12.30
      Your co-hosts Rob Carter and Andy Milner, AlgoMe will give an overview of demand for retraining and tech skills, based on the latest AlgoMe report; The Disrupted Career: FinTech, Innovation and The Future Of Careers In Investment Management Followed by Philippa Grocott and Nicola Spennati from FSTP LLP, will give an overview of opportunities for using the apprenticeship levy and how to do so effectively within the industry sector
      12.50 – 14.00
      Group discussion over lunch
      Key points for discussion:
      FinTech, Innovation and the growing digitisation of Asset Management mean technology skills are becoming more important to firms There is pressure in the industry from regulation and changing customer expectations in addition career paths are changing and becoming less predictable Automation and AI will make traditional roles redundant and up to 40% of the workforce will require retraining in the next 5-10 years There is over £3bn of unspent apprenticeship levy funds which are set to be returned to the Treasury if they remain unspent This money can be used to help meet these challenges by retraining existing staff, up-skilling new joiners and re-skilling returners after career breaks There are rules around how the levy can and can’t be spent Companies need to have in place an effective strategy to ensure that not only the rules are met so that the funds can be recovered, but that the needs of the individual and the wider business benefit are met
    • Andy Milner
      By Andy Milner
      An interesting read from TheCityUK, which highlights the lack of diversity and need for more FinTech skills as being key challenges across FS.
       
      Financial Services Skills Taskforce - Interim report | TheCityUK
      WWW.THECITYUK.COM  
    • Andy Milner
      By Andy Milner
      This year it has been hard to escape Pride season – throughout June and into July there have been events all around the world commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the effective start of the fight for equal rights for the LGBT+ community.
       
      The celebration of diversity has gone well and truly mainstream, with companies from PWC and Barclays to Argos and GoPro changing their logos to include a rainbow flag. Marks and Spencers are even pushing a new “LGBT” sandwich, adding guacamole to the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato combo.
       
      Our industry is also in on the action, with the Investment Association and Schroders amongst the organisations that are showing their support via updated logos.
       

       
      Rainbow-washing?
       
      Is this public outpouring of support for the LGBT+ community merely a sign of corporations attempting to “diversity-wash” their images, or reflective of deeper changes in their attitudes and approaches to D&I?
       
      According to Stonewall, 6 in 10 LGBT+ 18-24 year olds are still choosing to hide their sexuality in the workplace, which is perhaps not surprising when 1 in 5 of those who have come out say they have been the target of negative comments or conduct in the workplace.
       
      The Investment Association’s new report Do You Remember the First Time? (the follow up to last year’s Bringing Your Whole Self To Work report) is about coming out and being out in Investment Management and makes for interesting reading.
       
      It highlights practical steps that can be taken to improve the experience of LGBT+ individuals in areas including recruitment, employee on-boarding, workplace policies and people management. It’s also encouraging to read a number of real-world examples of where these are being put into place across the industry.
       
      What definitely feels like a positive change is the growing ground-up movement, supported by a number of Industry initiatives, that has been beginning to push the LGBT+ equality agenda more visibly in the last year or so. In 2019, the City of London has been host to more Pride related events than ever before, from talks and discussion panels, to the raising of the Pride flag over the Guildhall in the run up to London Pride this weekend.
       
      Next week also sees the official launch of InterInvest – an industry wide LGBT+ network with the potential to make a real impact on how LGBT+ professionals surface and tackle the issues they face. This sits alongside LGBT Great, an initiative of the Diversity Project, which has just announced its 50-for-50 list of LGBT+ role models – an important part of the strategy for making LGBT+ professionals feel accepted and comfortable.
       
      All of this suggests cause for optimism. However, we also shouldn’t forget that LGBT+ hate crimes are on the rise in the UK and in other parts of the world as the forces of populism become more prominent.
       
       
      So are these public displays of support just rainbow-washing? The verdict isn’t clear.
       
      Peter Tatchell, a prominent campaigner sees it as a capitalist sell-out of the Pride movement’s principles. However, even if some of the motives are cynical, and it is not a true reflection of real progress, at the very least the increased visibility of the Pride movement helps to further bring the LGBT+ community into the mainstream of public perception.
       
      Here’s to more rainbow logos in 2020.
       
       
      Main photo credit: Matias Altbach 
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