Matrix has signed up to the 10,000 Black Interns programme, an initiative designed to help transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the United Kingdom. In collaboration with other organisations including 4PB, Keating, Littleton, QEB Hollis Whiteman and the Bar Council, Matrix will offer paid work experience to interns on the programme.
The 10,000 Black Interns initiative follows the success of the 100 Black Interns programme that was launched in August 2020 by David Konotey-Ahulu (a co-founder of Redington Limited and Mallowstreet), Jonathan Sorrell (President of Capstone Investment Advisors), Michael Barrington-Hibbert (founder of Barrington-Hibbert Associates) and Wol Kolade (Managing Partner of Livingbridge). With paid work experience opportunities across a wide range of sectors, the project’s overall aim is to create a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community by providing paid training and development opportunities.
Alice Brighouse, Equality and Inclusion Manager at Matrix commented:
“This commitment is just one part of Matrix’s wider efforts to improve racial diversity and inclusion both within Matrix and at the Bar in general. Matrix is particularly aware of the need to recruit more Black trainees and barristers, and has an action plan in place to that end.”