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BUSINESS BLOG: Our experience of being a Make the Grade partner by NatWest

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Our Business Blogs are an honest insight into the partnerships we have with businesses all over the UK and the impact we help them to have in their communities. This post comes from NatWest, a #MaketheGrade lead partner in Leeds.

NatWest helps customers at all stages in their lives, from opening student accounts, to buying their first home, setting up a business, and saving for retirement. As part of our wider commitment to our communities, we encourage our staff to take part in skills-based volunteering through Make the Grade.

Our Corporate Banking team in Leeds are working with the Ahead Partnership and Leeds East Academy along with other secondary schools across the city on a programme of events to help improve pupils’ employability skills and preparing them for the transition from school to work. For many young people, this change is a step into the unknown with some not knowing or understanding what their skillset is and how they can use their skills to obtain employment or an apprenticeship.

One example of the hands-on work our staff do through Make the Grade is offering advice on how to prepare their CVs, apply for job roles and develop their interview techniques. This has involved one-on-one mentoring in which our bank staff speak to young people to understand their current skillset, how they can develop new skills and what job opportunities may be available to them.

It’s been a wonderful way for our staff to use their skills and have a positive impact on young people in the city and has benefited all who have taken part to date.

Steve Mawdsley, Regional Director of Corporate Banking Yorkshire at NatWest, said: “Working with Ahead Partnership has been a fantastic way for us to work within our community and make a real contribution to the lives of young people in the area. Our team has enjoyed having a positive impact on young people and we hope the young people were able to learn and develop new skills by working with us.”

“Throughout 2017 we have been committed to supporting a variety of worthwhile causes in and around Leeds. It’s been rewarding for the team to get out there and do something positive for the wider community. We have ensured that there have been opportunities for all team members with skills-based opportunities like Make the Grade, as well as other community work and fundraising.”


You can also follow NatWest's #MaketheGrade progress live on our Twitter feed by clicking here or by following #MaketheGrade.

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