Parents and carers

Find out more about what the CareerSense employability programme has to offer children and young adults and the key partners we work with across the country.

Working in conjunction with our charity partners, the CareerSense employability programme covers:

  • Tools and resources to help you via CareerSense online
  • Skills Workshops for schools (ages 13-18)
  • Work experience and insight weeks

CareerSense online

This website hosts a range of useful tools and resources to support pupils at various stages of their education and early career. It also links to our Learning Academy where they can find a range of learning content to support their journey and which you might find helpful in supporting conversations you're having.

Skills workshops

Our CareerSense workshops are aimed at 13-18 year olds to help bring to life the skills needed in the financial services sector; but which are also transferable. This is a one-hour interactive lesson aligned to Gatsby Benchmarks and the Curriculum for Excellence. The lessons are supported by a CareerSense Ambassador from the bank. You can recommend our workshops to your local school, information on how schools sign up can be found in the Teachers and Schools section.

Insight weeks and work experience

We're working with a number of charity partners including The Sutton Trust, Social Mobility Foundation and Career Ready Scotland to bring real experiences directly to young people. These are typically for 15-18-year olds, depending on the programme.

NatWest Group Insight Weeks offer pupils 1-week with the bank, gaining insight into roles and skills needed as well as developing skills to help with future employability. Pupils get to work together in small teams on a group project and will meet with a few of our Graduates and Apprentices who can share their own journey and tips.

We sometimes offer paid work experience too and currently run a 4-week placement plus 18-month mentorships through Career Ready Scotland. These run in the summer and will give pupils hands on experience of the workplace as well as insights into industry and role types to help them make more informed choices re further education or job pathways.

To apply to these programmes, please visit the charity websites for application criteria and timelines.

These programmes are in high demand so if your child isn't able to secure a place, we've put together some guidance on work experience more generally.

Sponsorships and events

These include our support of the Ivy House Award for pupils aged 16-18. If you'd like to recommend this programme to your local school, you can share their website.

We also support Ivy House's Future Leaders Project which you can find out more about on their website.

Ivy House Future Leaders Project

Through The Ivy House Award I've learnt lots of things but the main thing is the importance of being authentic. The same way as all the heroes I looked up to would have different beliefs, purposes and passions, so do we, and it's really important to understand those.

Through The Award I've become way more confident and independent which has been really freeing. Before this I've never really worked on my own personal development - this has given me the chance to work on myself on a more conscious level.

This kind of learning is so important and I'm really grateful to NatWest for funding students like me to go through The Award through Fair Chance Funding. This has allowed hundreds of kids to realise their potential and will help us to accomplish things we never even thought possible.

Sonia, NWG Ivy House Award Cohort (Fair Chance Funding) 2021