Co-operation Ireland teams up with Morgan Stanley for 3rd Banking on the Future series

For the third year in a row, global Investment bank Morgan Stanley has joined up with Co-operation Ireland to give a group of young people from Northern Ireland, Dublin and the UK an opportunity to participate in a unique programme of events, with potentially life changing results.

During the first weekend in May, the bank flew 6 young people from Belfast and Dublin to their European head office in London’s Canary Wharf where they were joined by other students from London. For two days the group learned about the financial services industry, as well as a range other career opportunities, networking and personal and skills development.

This initiative hopes to inspire young people by broadening their horizons, and showing the potential opportunities available to them if they stay within the education system, have a focus and work hard to achieve their goals. The themes of the 2 day’s activities were leadership, team working; and the importance of diversity, especially in the workplace, was reiterated.

The programme, which was jointly designed by Morgan Stanley’s Net-Éire Irish Network and Co-operation Ireland has been tailored to the specific needs of the young people and it includes both social and more formal sessions. The attendees also had the opportunity to meet senior people within the bank to hear their stories and experiences, including Darragh McCarthy, a managing director in Sales & Trading, and Joe McDonnell, a managing director in asset management. Bob Casey, former London Irish rugby player, and Jason Taylor, a City-Jet Pilot, also spoke to the young participants about their life and professional lives and the leadership qualities required for their roles.

Caroline McLaughlin, who is involved in Morgan Stanley’s Net-Éire Irish Network said, “We were very pleased to link up with Co-operation Ireland on this project. As a Firm we are committed to giving something back to our communities and this is a great opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of a group of young people”.

In Northern Ireland the young people were selected from Assumption Grammar School, County Down and Wallace High School, Lisburn along with students from Ballyfermot Youth Service in Dublin. The young people from London were selected from Rokeby, Eastlea, Cardinal Wiseman schools based in London as well as students nominated by Morgan Stanley’s nominated charity, Kids Company.

Dr Alan Largey who runs the project at Co-operation Ireland said, “We are thrilled at the way in which Morgan Stanley has demonstrated their commitment to supporting our peace-building work. Their active participation shows the young people that their needs are being taken seriously. This year a virtual mentoring scheme was introduced, whereby the young participants engaged in a speed dating style networking lunch and at the end of it they selected their mentor. It is hope that this mentoring service and the programme as a whole will provide real opportunity for this group, and we hope they reap the benefits”.