Parents, Carers and Teachers

Introducing CareerSense

CareerSense is an employability programme for young people. We work together with our expert partners to provide:

  • Tools and resources on CareerSense online
  • Skills workshops for schools aimed at students aged 13-18
  • Work experience and insight weeks

We host a wide range of resources and tools to help young people aged 13-24. Our site is broken down into three main sections based on different age groups, and different stages of the transition from school to work. Our aim is to help young people understand their choices at each stage, and equip them to make the most of them.

We also link to Learning with NatWest where they can find practical, on-demand learning to help improve their career skills.

Find out more from the people who have taken part here.

Exploration Workshop

Our Exploration Workshop is aimed at students aged 13-18 years old, and helps bring career skills to life. While they have a practical focus on the financial services sector, they aim to cover skills which are transferable across industries.

The workshops are:

  • A one hour long, interactive lesson
  • Aligned to Gatsby benchmarks
  • Supported by a CareerSense Ambassador from the bank
  • Packaged with recommended follow up activities for classroom or home learning

If you’re a teacher, register your school for a CareerSense workshop.

If you’re a parent, speak to your children’s school about CareerSense Exploration Workshop.

CareerSense Dream Bigger

Inspire students, raise their confidence and broaden their horizons with our new CareerSense Dream Bigger programme. There’s two parts to this programme for young people aged 16-18:

  1. A one hour, teacher-led workshop which one of our employee Ambassadors will support
  2. Three 20-minute ‘Plug and Play’ lesson plans that can run before, after or independently of the workshop

CareerSense Dream Bigger will show young people the impact entrepreneurial skills will have on their future by looking at important topics such as purpose and mindset, aimed at developing their own entrepreneurial skills in preparation for the future world of work.

If you’re a teacher, register your school for a CareerSense Dream Bigger workshop.

If you’re a parent, speak to your children’s school about CareerSense Dream Bigger.

Find Your Potential Lesson & Tool

The Find Your Potential lesson supports 13-18 year-olds to discover their strengths and skills for the future world of work.

The curriculum-linked resources help students develop self-awareness and confidently start to think about career next steps.

There are a variety of resources on offer that support teachers to deliver the lesson.

Our online Find Your Potential tool helps young people think about their choices in a different way.

It only takes 10 minutes to complete and provides a personalised report with some job recommendations based on what they like doing, and how they like to do it.

Encourage your child or student to complete the tool so you can have a better conversation about their skills and motivations for the future world of work.

Programmes

We offer a number of programmes to help young people make informed choices about their future whilst developing their skills for work

Insight weeks and work experience

Our Insight Weeks offer students one week in our business to learn skills needed for the world of work. We also offer limited and occasional paid work experience, with both four week placements and 18-month mentorships through Career Ready.

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

Tech We Can

We're proud to support Tech We Can to inspire more children, especially girls, to consider a career in tech. Tech We Can supports classroom learning for 8 - 14 year olds through free downloadable lesson plans for teachers and free on-demand recorded lessons for students to watch in school or at home.

MoneySense

Our financial education programme, MoneySense includes lessons for primary and secondary school pupils helping them to become money confident.

Partners

Our partners’ expertise is a crucial part of what makes CareerSense both practical and powerful.

Ivy House

We’re proud to support the Ivy House Award and their Future Leaders Project.

Social Mobility Foundation

Our partnership with Social Mobility Foundation helps us provide practical programmes which offer real opportunities to young people.

The Sutton Trust

We partner with The Sutton Trust on providing programmes which support social mobility.

Career Ready

Career Ready help us provide access to our insight week and work experience programmes to young people in need.

Don’t just take our word for it

Who better to hear about our inspirational programmes than the people that were involved and benefited from them in real life?

Building confidence by identifying transferable skills

The ‘Find Your Potential’ tool brings out the best in young people’s potential, in just a short 10-minute questionnaire. Check out what both teachers and students have to say about it.

Helping young people unlock skills for the future

Our ‘Exploration Workshop’ helps young people feel fully equipped with all the skills they need to secure their dream job. Take a look at how teachers and students have found the experience so beneficial.

Supporting young people to enter the world of work

‘Find Your Path’ helps young people aged 16-24 boost their employability skills and build a successful future with inspirational skills sessions and real-life work experience, supported by local youth engagement partners and bank mentors.

Hear from one of the recent programme graduates on how Find Your Path changed his life.

Opening doors to entrepreneurship

Our entrepreneurship programme, ‘CareerSense Dream Bigger’ encourages young people to focus on developing their problem solving and creative thinking skills. Following the workshop, students with entrepreneurial ideas can apply to take part in an Idea Accelerator event. Hear what teachers, students and CareerSense Ambassadors have to say about their experience.