Last week, the LFC Foundation took a group of young, aspiring accountants to London to visit the financial district and learn about careers within leading financial institutions.

The group, from the Foundation’s Leadership through Sport and Business programme, visited two of the city’s most iconic buildings - the Gherkin and the Lloyds of London building - where they met representatives from global insurance companies Swiss Re and Alwen Hough Johnson.

The budding accountants, aged 16-20, were invited to the capital as part of their pre-apprenticeship training, as they prepare to enter the world of work. LFC Foundation mentors organised the visit to give the students insight into the professional work environment, and the routes into employment in the financial and business sectors. 

Leadership though Sport and Business (LTSB), is a national charity that works in partnership with the LFC Foundation and other education delivery partners to help bright and ambitious young people to access careers in accounting and finance. The scheme provides opportunities for these individuals to take on apprenticeships in accountancy at top firms in the North West.

Stephen Piscopo from the LFC Foundation said: “This visit has been brilliant for the students. They have not only enjoyed themselves and gained plenty of insight into financial industries, but have visualised themselves working within companies like these, which helps to raise the bar in terms of their career aspirations and goals.”

Pre-apprentice, Callum Soul, said: “I really enjoyed the day, it was a great experience for us. I learned a lot from the tour and the people who came to speak to us; they gave great career advice and answered all of our questions.”

During the six-month LTSB pre-apprenticeship scheme, each student attends college three days a week to attain accountancy qualifications and works with the LFC Foundation one day a week. Their LFC Foundation mentor supports them complete a sports leadership qualification and improves their employment potential with personal development and sessions to improve CV writing and interview techniques.

To find out more about the work the LFC Foundation and the Leadership through Sport and Business apprenticeship scheme visit the LFC Foundation website: