Teachers and schools

There are a number of initiatives included in our employability programme, delivered in conjunction with our key partners. Find out more about the programme and how to sign up for our skills workshops.

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 young people can find a range of learning content to support their journey.

Skills workshops

Our skills workshops are aimed at 13-18-year olds and 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 and will have recommended follow up activities for either classroom or home learning.

Register for our skills workshop

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

Supporting social mobility through CareerSense insight weeks and work experience

Through our charity partners, Social Mobility Foundation and The Sutton Trust, we match pupils to industry experiences with us, usually in Easter and Summer. NatWest Group Insight Weeks offer pupils 1 week with the bank and some of our business areas, 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 they'll meet with a number of our Graduates and Apprentices who can share their own journey and advice.

We sometimes offer paid work experience too and currently run a 4-week placement plus 18-month mentorships through Career Ready. 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 about further education or job pathways.

To apply to programmes, please visit our partner websites for application criteria and timelines.

Sponsorships and events

These include our support of the Ivy House Award for pupils aged 16-18. As part of Ivy House’s Fair Chance Funding programme, we’re sponsoring 1,000 pupils through the Ivy House Award over 2021/22. You can register interest for your school on the Ivy House website.

And we’re supporting Ivy House’s Future Leaders Project providing even more great resources to young people and access to take part in a competition helping them to develop their leadership skills

Ivy House


Find out more about our financial education programme, MoneySense, which includes lessons for primary and secondary school pupils helping them to become money confident.

Learn about MoneySense

Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is a fully funded programme focused on developing transferrable entrepreneurial skills in 16-18 year old females across the UK. Our aim is to drive confidence in preparation for the future world of work and impact the percentage of women who intend to start a business.

Register for Dream Bigger