Yorkshire Times
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5:05 PM 10th August 2022

Progeny Inaugural Summer School A Resounding Success

Progeny Summer School
Progeny Summer School
Leeds-based professional services company, Progeny, hosted its first summer school programme for 16-to-18 year olds last week.

The initiative was designed to give students an insight into the roles within the financial services sector, to help inform their decision on a future career.

Students also enjoyed sessions on cyber crime, PR and marketing and were given the opportunity to film their own showreel in Progeny’s in-house video studio.

Running from 1st to 5th August, the programme hosted nine young people, the majority of whom were students from the Leeds area, although one came from as far as Bedfordshire to take advantage of the opportunity.

Head of Advice Quality, Sarika Dhanjal comments:
“Financial services is still a sector that many people fall into, rather than it being a structured career choice. Our first summer school is one of a number of initiatives we are working on to help change that.

“Many of our delegates initially thought financial services was all about banking or working in the city and I feel that we’ve helped to open up their eyes and brought to life the many opportunities within our sector.

“Everyone involved at Progeny was extremely impressed by how confident, enquiring and open-minded our delegates were and I’ve had great feedback from the group about the value they obtained from their week with us.”

Summer school student, Jessica Townsend comments:

“Progeny summer school was an amazing experience - it was a really friendly environment and has truly inspired me down the financial services path.”

Student Joseph Sanderson added:

“The summer school was a great insight into the real financial sector, which isn't really taught in schools. I never had a strong idea about what I really wanted to do with my career, however after taking part in their summer school, Progeny gave me options and opportunities that I didn't even know existed and I have a solid plan in my head that I am going to follow.”

Looking ahead, Sarika Dhanjal adds:

“This year the summer school focused on financial planning, but the plan is to include Progeny’s asset management and legal and tax teams in future.

“It really has been a resounding success and one that we’re looking to repeat and expand on next summer.”