We understand the importance of going beyond what we do day-to-day, and getting involved in the wider community. We drive strategic programmes that deliver real and sustainable benefit for our communities.

By working closely with charities and developing dedicated schemes and programmes, our colleagues can spend time supporting great causes and local communities. For us to achieve our goal to be the most trusted bank, we need to build a great reputation and deep connectivity with our communities to support our customers. We achieve this by working on projects with local charities and schools covering areas including employability, diversity, education and the environment, as well as fundraising for our charity partners. We want to work with people who share our passion for achieving this goal, so we can reach our full potential together.

As a graduate, intern or apprentice, you too have a role to play - you have a minimum of three days a year where you volunteer your time. Since September 2015 our graduates have raised an impressive £53,553.43 for our charities and have taken up 9235 of volunteering hours. Here are some examples of the opportunities and challenges you can be involved in:

Anniversary Challenge

Every year, our graduates, interns and apprentices take part in a 24 hour fundraising initiative called the Anniversary Challenge. The challenge is designed to celebrate each intake's year on the programme. Working in teams, they volunteer their time to raise as much money as possible within 24 hours for a charity of their choice.

The five teams who raise the most money are invited to present their fundraising project to a panel of senior managers and executives in the Anniversary Challenge grand final, where a winner is selected.

Pilotlight Challenge

Graduates, interns and apprentices have been pioneering a new programme for Pilotlight. Traditionally focused on matching senior professionals to charities needing business acumen, Pilotlight now harnesses the energy and enthusiasm of our brightest new talent for a good cause.

Small charities with limited resources apply to Pilotlight for strategic help. The initiative saw 70 graduates work in seven teams, each with seven different charities. Teams responded to a brief from their charity by running a six month project, supported by an RBS mentor, a member of the graduate team and a Pilotlight Project Manager. At the end of the programme, each team’s work was judged by a panel of our executives (including the CEO), Pilotlight and charity leaders at a prestigious event in Central London. The pilot programme was a resounding success for participants and the charities, and will remain a fixture of the graduate programme in years to come.

Prince's Trust

We’ve been working with The Prince’s Trust to support youth enterprise for more than a decade. Today, we’re the largest corporate supporter of The Trust’s Enterprise Programme, helping young people around the country start up in business.

Through sponsorship and mentoring, we’re contributing millions of pounds and invaluable expertise to encourage youth enterprise in disadvantaged and disengaged communities across the UK. We’re incredibly proud of the recognition our partnership has earned in the form of numerous awards for corporate engagement and sponsorship. Our graduates have the opportunity to volunteer and sign up to some of the fundraising challenges.

Our initiatives combine the RBS community volunteering programme with an opportunity for our graduates, interns and apprentices to develop key skills: teamwork, communication, project management and commercial awareness. These challenges can help every graduate to discover new passions and reach their full potential.

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