An Oldbury-based national financial adviser is making efforts to give more opportunities to young black people.

Crowe UK has welcomed Anya Lumsden, a new intern, to its office as part of its partnership with the 10,000 Interns Foundation, a non-profit organisation aiming to provide opportunities for young black professionals in British business.

The company has been backing the cause for three years now.

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Crowe will now offer the interns six-weeks' worth of paid employment, with comprehensive training that will give interns skills to help them kickstart their career in business and accountancy.

The company will also be hosting 11 new interns, each having a dedicated mentor.

The firm is among over 700 offering under-represented people a chance to work in finance, technology, advertising and several other industry sectors.

The foundation has secured 5,000 paid internships since it started back in 2020.

Nigel Bostock, chief executive of Crowe, said: "At Crowe we care about our people, and by being inclusive and offering opportunities for all, it helps open up an industry which has traditionally lacked diversity.

"I am delighted we're continuing to support the 10,000 Interns Foundation, which last year saw two interns successfully gain permanent positions at the firm."

Ross Price, audit, Midlands and South West office managing partner at Crowe, said: "We, at Crowe, are committed to quality in everything we do and that means we employ the very best talent no matter what their background, ethnicity or where they are from.

“We are proud to be partnering with and promoting the 10,000 Interns Foundation for the third consecutive year because helping change a societal mindset is a mammoth task and requires positive action from all quarters to break down unnecessary barriers for everyone.

“We’re delighted to welcome Anya Lumsden to our Oldbury office as part of this year’s cohort of 11 interns across Crowe’s UK business and look forward to helping shape their future.”