RBS Teams up with Your Life to deliver inspirational school trips as part of Careers Week
RBS has teamed up with the Government-backed Your Life campaign to host two school trips during Careers Week, opening up the world of work to 100 young people from five schools in Birmingham and Manchester, as part of its Careers Week initiative. Your Life’s campaign is to increase the numbers of students studying Maths and Physics at A Level by and RBS is the first bank Your Life has worked with on the campaign to date.
The initiative, part of Your Life’s ‘Best School Trip’ initiative, is carried out by Your Life’s delivery partner MyKindaFuture and will see students visiting RBS’s offices in Manchester and Birmingham with four schools recruited for Manchester trip and four for the Birmingham visit. The Manchester schools include: Wellacre Technology Academy, Levenshulme Girls School, Essa Academy and Byrchall High School and the Birmingham schools are and South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy, Holte School, Heath Park and Balaam Wood School.
A survey carried out by Censuswide on behalf of Your Life, indicates that more than 50% of teenagers across the country have never had any interaction with a STEM employer. Research indicates this could have a detrimental impact on their likelihood of their going into these professions. Your Life launched the ‘Best School Trip’ initiative to help hundreds of businesses across the UK to open their doors and offer inspirational trips to young people – fully funded for businesses and schools free of charge. Best School Trips are designed and delivered by Your Life’s specialist partner, MyKindaFuture, to offer young people first-hand experience of the STEM career possibilities available in their local area and to offer businesses the chance to engage with their future workforce. Following Your Life’s Best School Trips, 84% of students say they would now consider Maths and 74% Physics.
Toby Hicks, Your Life Communications Director, said: “Seeing the world of work at first hand can have a transformative impact on the life chances of young people. Research shows that the more students are introduced to work at school, the more prepared they are for adult working life. We are delighted to work with RBS during Careers Week to help open up the world of work for young people. Numeracy and analytical skills are vital in banking as in so many other jobs of the future.”
Vin Bhabra, Campaign Marketing Manager, Early Careers, RBS, said: “We’re really excited to be hosting the Best School Trip in our Manchester and Birmingham offices. We have decided to run the trips as part of National Careers Week as we really want to showcase the opportunities that we have for people starting out in their careers. We have apprenticeships, summer internships and graduate roles for which we accept applications from any degree discipline. We value the skills that students develop through studying STEM subjects and this diversity is important to help us become the number one bank for customer service. We’re looking forward to meeting pupils from local schools and helping them to understand how their skills and passions can shape a career at RBS. We truly believe that it’s students’ passions that will shape them into motivated, inspired and driven members of our team. This way, we can help them realise their full potential.”
William Akerman, Founder and MD of MyKindaFuture, added: “We are thrilled at the success of Best School Trips, students attending the days are leaving seeing first hand how an industry works and is taking that important step into the employers space. The MyKindaFuture team love delivering the days on behalf of Your Life and seeing the passion from both the students and employees; this really makes the day worthwhile. We are delighted to be working with RBS during national Careers Week to not only showcase the banking industry, but also highlighting the different career routes available to young people from graduate schemes through to apprenticeships.”
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About Your Life
Your Life is a three-year campaign to ensure the UK has the Maths and Physics skills it needs to succeed in today’s competitive global economy. The Your Life campaign prioritises offering experiences and information to enable young people to make informed subject choices post-16, inspiring them to study Maths and Physics as a gateway to wide-ranging careers whilst also triggering employers to recruit and retain that talent. For more information visit www.yourlife.org.uk
MyKindaFuture is the biggest emerging talent specialist in the UK. They help employers reach the next generation of talent from school leavers to graduates, and recruit them on to work experience, internship, apprenticeship and graduate programmes. MyKindaFuture use a mix of face-to-face workshops, online challenges and rich video content in partnership with over 70 UK businesses. MyKindaFuture work with over 5,200 schools and have societies in over 40 University campuses. Trusted by students and educators alike, with over 32 years’ experience working with young people and their influencers. www.mykindafuture.com