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First Minister Reinforces Importance of Young People to Financial Sector

Brian Baglow


SFE Young Professionals

More than 100 young professionals working in the financial services sector attended the first SFE Young Professionals reception at the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Financial Enterprise, the representative body for Scotland’s financial services sector, held it’s first SFE Young Professionals event at Holyrood on Aoril 26 2018.

The event highlighted the importance of young people to Scotland’s financial services sector and provided a valuable opportunity for guests to network with politicians from all parties.

SFE Young Professionals was formed in 2016 by young people working in financial services to offer new opportunities and career development. The network now has over 250 young professionals and holds regular events across Scotland. SFE Young Professionals is part of Scottish Financial Enterprise, but has a separate committee which sets its own agenda.  This year, SFE Young Professionals will hold events looking at the changing landscape of work and how this will impact careers in the future.

The organisation welcomes all young professionals from the SFE membership and aims to provide career development opportunities, events to promote the financial sector, develop industry knowledge, encourage innovation and to give a voice to young people

Speaking at the event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, said:

“Scotland’s reputation as a world leader in finance is well established and well earned.  86,000 people currently work in financial services, across the country. It’s a priority for us to ensure that financial services flourish in the years ahead.

“The SFE Young Professionals group helps to nurture new talents and new ideas so that they can benefit the wider industry.  Its work in schools is helping more and more school leavers to learn about financial services, what the industry has to offer, and how they can prepare for the workplace.”

Victoria Maclean, the chair of SFE Young Professionals, told DIGIT:

“Developing and nurturing a young, skilled workforce is critical for all industries and in particular the continued success of Scotland’s financial services sector. We established SFE Young Professionals to do exactly that and I am incredibly proud of what the network has achieved to date.”

“Our young professionals are the future leaders of Scotland’s professional and financial services industry. We have the opportunity to effect real and meaningful change for the greater good of our sector and wider society. And we must take it.”

Graeme Jones, Scottish Financial Enterprise Chief Executive, said:

“I’m delighted more than 100 young people have come here tonight to hear the First Minister speak and meet with politicians and senior figures from our industry.

“The next generation is integral to the future success of financial services in Scotland, which is why the SFE Board took the decision in 2016 to create a new network to provide opportunities for young professionals working across our 100-plus member organisations.

“SFE is determined to do everything we can to ensure we build and attract talent in Scotland and show our young people they can carve out a very successful career right here in Scotland. The strength of Scotland’s financial services industry lies in its diversity –  it is a leading centre for pensions, investment, banking, professional services and asset servicing, which provide a broad-range of career opportunities for young professionals to flourish.”

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Brian Baglow


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