We’re are pleased to announce a new partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, designed to provide sportspeople with a route to re-skilling for a career on the trading floor.

The partnership will be available to athletes enrolling in ZISHI’s Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading. Participants completing the course will be guaranteed not only an interview for OSTC’s trading intake, but if in addition to previously attained 64 UCAS points, will also receive an unconditional offer for a place on Sheffield Hallam’s BSc (Hons) in Financial Trading and Investment Management – a course launched last year and delivered in partnership with ZISHI Cornerstone. The combination is a unique pathway entrance onto the undergraduate programme which was a global first and focusses on the practice and principles of derivatives trading.

ZISHI has worked closely with a number of elite-level sports clubs to offer opportunities for athletes to pursue training in derivatives trading. The organisation has partnered with names including Saracens, Wasps, Chelsea and Manchester United to provide athletes with an opportunity to develop a new skill set outside of their sport. For younger players at academy level, this opportunity provides them with an option to pursue an additional career if they are unable to compete at a professional level for any reason. Likewise, the training offers senior players a safety net, in the event of injury forcing them into early retirement.

Earlier this year, ZISHI offered 500 free places on the Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading to athletes affected by the global shutdown in sports caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, in an effort to help athletes develop new skills and preserve their mental health.

ZISHI maintains a strong ongoing commitment to helping sportspeople transfer their careers into trading. Former sportspeople offer a rich and diverse pool of talent, with potential employees demonstrating well-developed “soft skills” essential to functioning effectively in a trading environment. These include resilience, the ability to take instruction and a capacity to function well under pressure.

Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK’s leading business schools and ranks in the top 5% globally for teaching excellence and research. The university recently achieved accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, underlining its track record for excellence in the field.