Nomura generously give staff two days a year to volunteer for a cause of their choice, and at SHS we are determined to use Nomura’s talent in a meaningful way to help us achieve our mission. Getting parents into paid work, or helping parents move into more fulfilling employment makes a big difference to the lives of disadvantaged children. Improving family incomes, of course, really helps but it’s also about improving social mobility, enabling parents to see themselves as positive role models, and providing the structure that employment brings to family life.
Our Employment Skills Workshops take place in local primary schools, immediately after school drop off. Last week, Nomura staff spent over two hours with a group of nine parents helping them to write or edit their CVs. Practical support, encouragement, and the chance to spend quality time with someone working in business was hugely beneficial. The session was hard work, but also fun and inspiring.
Jen Mains, Fixed Income Cash Bonds Middle Office Manager at Nomura, said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the session and would highly recommend to others / be interested in taking part again. It felt good to be able assist the ladies I met in finalising their CV / compiling ideas for personal statement and to know that they were genuinely happy with what we achieved together. It was interesting to get to meet people from completely different backgrounds and listen to what their aspirations for the future were.”
The parents benefitted enormously – we think their comments demonstrate how much they got from the session with Nomura staff.
“I’m going to send my CV to employers after the help I got today.”
“This was a hands-on workshop – the volunteers didn’t just tell you what to do and leave you to it, they worked through it with you.”
THANK YOU, NOMURA!