July 1, 2013 Leave a comment
We’re pleased to announce that Nationwide’s Living on your side education programme has received a ‘Big Tick’ from Business in the Community (BITC). And not only this, but the programme has also been shortlisted in BITC’s Responsible Business awards, the results of which will be announced in July.
Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards identify, celebrate, and showcase businesses demonstrating a positive, sustainable and societal impact as part of their Responsible Business journey. Around 100 Big Ticks are given each year as part of the awards, recognising success within a range of categories.
Steve Howard, CEO of Business in the Community commented; “I congratulate Nationwide for its Big Tick today, which recognises that it is part of a movement of companies creating value by living their values. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”
Our Education programme is a key part of our Living on your side strategy, which we launched last year. Through the programme our aim is to provide help and support to 500,000 young people by 2017. It’s a big target, so we have been working hard over the last year to get started.
Addressing a lack of engaging resources
Schools told us it was hard to find money skills resources which were fun and interactive whilst supporting the curricula and that learning needed to start from an earlier age. Our award winning Nationwide Education website provides resources for students, teachers and parents to make finance and employability learning more fun through interactive games, worksheets and lesson plans. Everything on the website is independent, curricula aligned and totally free. Last year the site welcomed over 138,000 unique users.
Addressing a need for practical support in schools from businesses
Schools told us they wanted to help build a bridge between education and employment and at the same time we knew that our employees wanted to get more involved in their local communities. So we launched SchoolsLink, our schools volunteering scheme where our employees develop links with schools in their area and support teachers with money skills and employability learning. Last year we supported over 180 schools and youth charities, reaching around 20,000 young people.
Addressing a need for broader support for financial education in schools
We have been pushing for financial education to be part of the national curricula for several years. So we welcomed the recent decision to add money skills to several parts of the curricula within both maths and life skills lessons. Together with partners like National Numeracy we will continue to campaign for more focus on numeracy and money skills in the UK.
You can find out more about the education programme by visiting our Living on your side pages here on Your Nationwide.