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In 2016, Bernard created the RISE Scheme (Reach Inspire Support & Empower) with the vision to educate young ethnic minorities and provide a pathway into the banking industry. Through the scheme Bernard has supported and provided over 400 students from ethnic minority backgrounds with employability skills relating to confidence building, CV workshops etc. In 2018, the RISE Scheme was voted the Employer of the Year 2018 by the London South East Colleges for the impact the scheme has had on young people in East London. Bernard was also selected to represent Lloyds Banking Group at the Race at Work Charter launched by the Prime Minister to ensure an inclusive workplace for all ethnic minorities in the UK. Bernard has been selected as one of 20 to represent Young Bankers on the Chartered Banking Institute Board Committee. He plays an active role in encouraging, supporting and empowering young ethnic minorities to consider a career in banking. He was instrumental in raising over £1.5m as part of the 2025 Foundation Programme to support the education of young disadvantaged people in the UK. Through the foundation he has mentored and supported numerous applications from ethnic minorities and provided a pathway to these young people.

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