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Second cohort of interns complete RCL 2021 summer placements

A second cohort of Interns have completed a week-long placement with RCL Associates Ltd, the retained advisors to the Richardson family, as part of an annual programme designed to offer career development opportunities to students over the summer.

Ernest Lam and Lee Flavell, who are studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Birmingham and the University of Wolverhampton respectively, worked on projects looking at the investment landscape in South-East Asia and emerging consumer trends amongst ‘Generation Z’ alongside the RCL investment team. At the end of the week they then presented their findings to the senior management team as part of an investment review session.

Paul Faulkner, Chief of Staff at RCL, said

“Both Ernest and Lee have really impressed the RCL team with their general application and the quality of the work they have produced on their set topics.

While the primary aim of our summer internship programme is to provide real work experience opportunities for students who are thinking about a career in investment and to build links with the brilliant universities that we have across the West Midlands, it is also a chance for us to learn and pick up insights from the students that we might otherwise not have thought about.

Ernest and Lee have certainly provided some valuable information on a number of topics, emerging trends amongst Generation Z being a great example, and they should both feel very proud about all they have achieved in a short space of time.”

Professor Clare Schofield, Director of the Business School at the University of Wolverhampton said,

“As the University of Opportunity, we are committed to creating fantastic opportunities for our students to increase their skills, knowledge and experience in order to enhance their career prospects. We would like to thank the Richardson family and RCL partners for their continued support of our Business School students through internships and by providing vital work experience opportunities.

“In an increasingly competitive jobs market, especially following the recent Covid-19 pandemic, internships really can help support students with sector knowledge and can be vital for them to develop a range of skills that will help them with their onward career journey.”

A final cohort of interns will complete their week-long placement with the team at RCL later in August.

For more information please contact Paul Faulkner at


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