Eagles; a unique programme targeting outstanding local graduates. Visit the Eagles website to find out more.

Applications are now open!

What is Eagles?

Eagles is a top rated graduate programme seeking talented local people interested in a career in the City. Eagles is a social mobility programme established by ELBA. Graduates spend up to three weeks undertaking paid training, before beginning a six-month paid internship where they have the chance to gain insights, skills and experience working with some of London’s leading companies.

For more information and to apply, visit the Eagles website.

Testimonials

  • “Taking part in the EaGLES programme has given me a chance to work for a successful corporate firm. Being a young Bengali female I have broken a tradition of women not working independently, and I am making a success of my life. Thanks to the programme, I have become a representative of my community and can now act as a role model for young Bengali girls. I am proud to be able to play my part in raising the aspirations of many young people in Tower Hamlets and in breaking the unemployment barrier that sadly exists.”

    Dilwara Khatum (2005-06 trainee), placed at Credit Suisse, still working for Credit Suisse
  • “ELBA's graduate programme addresses local unemployed graduates in a unique and insightful way. It delivers to both parties, to the graduates who are presented with an opportunity to develop their skills and for the corporates who benefit greatly from their local knowledge and understanding. The passion, time and energy spent by ELBA on each of the graduates, ensures that they all realise their potential and get the most from their time with the companies, the time can fly by but the high level of detail provided ensures the graduates are supported throughout their journey at every stage.”

    Emma Turnbull Pro Bono & Community Affairs Officer at Allen & Overy (2011-12)
  • “What makes the ELBA graduate programme stand out from any other is that it understands the needs of unemployed graduates. A year on from the programme I am still at Thomson Reuters and have now moved into a more senior role working across the entire business in Strategic Talent as an Associate. The excellent success rate of 97% of graduates securing employment at the end of the scheme speaks for itself - I am proud to be an ambassador of such an innovative programme.”

    Dulal Rahman (2010-11 trainee) Associate, Talent & Development – Technology at Thomson Reuters
  • “The EaGLES programme provides a unique blend of training and experience in order to develop a balanced and rounded graduate. The training equipped me with the vital skills required during my work placement at Citi. We received training in project management at Ashridge Business School and during my first week at Citi I had to apply all that I learnt in managing a grant portfolio. At Citi I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of projects and they have given me exactly what I asked for- a challenging yet stimulating experience. I’ve only been an EaGLE for just over ten months yet I can already feel the difference the programme has made in my professional development.”

    Tasneem Saiki (Spring 2013 trainee), Community Development Officer EMEA, Citi
  • “Being the first EaGLE from the Islington borough has been life changing; every aspect of being an EaGLE has been amazing! From the project management training at Ashridge, to presentation training delivered by Jason Pitt and right the way through to my first day at City of London Corporation – it has made me ‘job ready’ and has unlocked this new found confidence in my ever developing skills and experiences. Not only has it benefited me, but now I can lend a hand to others around me in the community – and make a real difference, especially to young people. I think the whole of the UK should know about the ELBA EaGLES programme!”

    Michael Otadende (Spring 2013 trainee), Corporate Sustainability, Price Waterhouse Cooper
  • “Citi is proud to partner with the East London Business Alliance on the EaGLES programme, and have had an excellent experience working with talented young people from east London. Citi has benefited greatly from participating in the programme by both supporting the community in which we live and work, and also finding and supporting great local talent. We’re pleased to help ELBA as they grow the careers of these young people, and are proud to be part of this programme that provides on-going support to participants as they take the next steps in their careers.”

    Steven Blaney Head of EMEA Public Affairs, Citi (2012-13)
  • “EaGLES is a unique and innovative programme which genuinely meets the needs of local unemployed graduates as well as corporate institutions across a range of sectors.”

    Anthony Harte Head of Community Affairs, Nomura
  • “ELBA's graduate programme addresses local unemployed graduates in a unique and insightful way. It delivers to both parties, to the graduates who are presented with an opportunity to develop their skills and for the corporates who benefit greatly from their local knowledge and understanding. The passion, time and energy spent by ELBA on each of the graduates, ensures that they all realise their potential and get the most from their time with the companies, the time can fly by but the high level of detail provided ensures the graduates are supported throughout their journey at every stage.”

    Emma Turnbull Pro Bono & Community Affairs Officer at Allen & Overy (2011-12)
  • “The ELBA graduate programme caught my eye due to its innovative approach compared to other schemes. Not only did it offer personal development and training opportunities, but also an insight into how businesses contribute to the community. The programme was extremely well developed and managed. It was challenging, insightful and gave me practical experience of what employers look for.”

    Sitara Arpin (2007-08 trainee), Analyst, Global Community Investment , Barclays Group Corporate Affairs
  • “So why ELBA? It was the vision of being ambassadors for your community, being role models, the message that my knowledge was unique local knowledge that would help bridge gaps between the community and organisations. The comprehensive range of training provided such as the National Theatre training, Pitman’s Business English and Project Management training has helped me develop key skills and confidence to be where I am now. Even the finer aspects of office etiquettes; being on time and dressed smartly has given me the capabilities to succeed in any organisation. It is a group of people, well networked and well-resourced who are dedicated and passionate to help get local people their first steps into the world of work. It was the best decision I made after I graduated.”

    Nazmul Ahmed (2008-09 trainee) now Project Coordinator at Poplar HARCA
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