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E2W CISI Sponsored Students Pass First Time!

E2W CISI Sponsored Students Pass First Time!

Mark.Freed / 22 Feb 2018

E2W is at the forefront of helping to nurture the women of the future in the financial services’ industry.  We’re thrilled that our pilot collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment has been a huge success.

At E2W, we are passionate about helping financial institutions become more gender diverse and reap the benefits that this diversity brings.  We understand that for this to be achieved, and to continue to be achieved, there needs to be a continuous pipeline of women coming through the ranks.

E2W launched a pilot programme with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) last September to encourage more girls into financial services.  Members of the E2W community have acted as sponsors, mentors and role models for participants, supporting them through their studies and offering opportunities to visit their London offices.  

We are delighted Madeleine Opoku, Rose Boateng and Kyra-Jade Lamptey from Beths Grammar, and Priyam Thapa from Oakwood Park Grammar School studied towards the CISI Level 2 Fundamentals in Financial Services qualification and passed their exam last week!  All the girls are sitting their A-Levels this summer, so this is a “real achievement”, says Rebecca Aston, Head of Professional Standards, CISI.  The CISI Education team held a celebratory event during the afternoon offering career talks and a visit to the popular Sky Gardens. 

As E2W member and programme sponsor Olga Venosa says,” I am very happy and pleased for the results of Kyra-Jade, Madeleine and Rose; they had already demonstrated passion and drive for finance and economics.  Passing their CISI exam is the first step toward a career in the financial services. We need to keep investing in our future generation.”

The CISI  ‘Fundamentals of Financial Services’ qualification is designed for 16-19 year olds which we hope will give them a head start when applying for jobs. Throughout the programme each will gain a broad overview of key parts of the industry: the types of banking, commonly used financial products, and an understanding of financial terminology.

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If you would like to be involved in this programme, either as a sponsor/mentor or student, please email

Rhian Bowler is the E2W career coach with many years’ experience of human resources and coaching at leading organisations.  She is passionate about supporting individuals during all stages of their career, making informed career choices to achieve their goals.   

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