Signature Recruitment has been shortlisted for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards. The City of London-based recruitment consultancy’s Professional Mentoring Programme to help young people secure work through sharing practical expertise in CV writing, interview support and professional etiquette, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Heart of the City Award.
The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, organised by the City of London Corporation, recognise firms which go the extra mile to build strong community relationships, tackle disadvantage or inequality, promote inclusion or boost skills. This year’s applicants supported over 188,000 people, provided almost £3 million in support and mobilised volunteers who contributed over 13,000 hours to community groups and other worthy causes. Only 14 companies have made the shortlist for this year’s awards, with Signature Recruitment being 1 of 3 Finalists for the Heart of the City Award.
Lord Mayor of London William Russell said: “I am always inspired and encouraged by the breadth and scope of the projects companies across the capital deliver to make a real difference to their communities and society as a whole, and this year is no exception. Now more than ever, as the effects of the pandemic continue to take their toll, businesses can play a vital role by utilising their resources, their ingenuity and their passion to make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Due to the impact of COVID-19, graduates are now facing a more challenging job market than ever before. Research from the Institute of Student Employers reveals that graduate recruitment is already down 12% versus 2019, and this percentage is rising.
Launched in April 2019 as part of our sustainability commitment to provide social value to the community, Signature Recruitment’s Professional Mentoring Programme supports students and graduates in London prepare for and achieve their first steps into work.
“We’re honoured to be shortlisted for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, and are very proud of what the team has achieved with Signature’s Professional Mentoring Programme. We realised that young people’s career prospects would be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, so the team wanted to use our expertise to help improve the employability of University students and graduates – to really give something back as part of our sustainable commitment to the community.” – Evelin Zauchner, Co-Founder and Director
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the awards will be announced at an online-only event to be held in April.