Eagles; a unique graduate employment programme targeting outstanding local graduates.

What is Eagles?

Eagles is a top rated graduate programme seeking talented local people interested in a career in the City. 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

  • “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
  • “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
  • “I want people to see that that there are no barriers to what you can achieve. Even if you think there are barriers, you can break right through them. If you really want something, you can get it – just be determined and flexible. I thought that Deutsche Bank was such a great place that I had to take every opportunity to learn – I thought I’d never get another chance like it. You feel like a sponge soaking up information from around you, asking questions and listening to people.”

    Koyes Uddin (2006-07 trainee), placed at Deutsche Bank, now working at Morgan Stanley
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
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