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Nationwide Education

Nationwide Education is part of Nationwide's commitment to the community. It is primarily a web-based programme designed for use online with personal PCs and interactive whiteboards at schools, colleges and youth centres.

It's designed to be stimulating and engaging whilst providing information and hints and tips. We trust you and your students or young people will enjoy using the interactive games and use the downloadable fact sheets and Career Route Maps to further their understanding about careers and employability skills.

Nationwide, as the world's largest building society, is keen to help build better life skills for better futures. Its Employability Skills programmes include:

  • Working Life (aimed at 4-7 year olds)
  • Working Skills (aimed at 7-11 year olds)
  • Working World (aimed at 12-14 and 14-16 year olds)

The online interactive programme will provide visitors with a virtual tour through a corporate environment (i.e. the Nationwide Headquarters). Users can navigate through the building to view different departments and areas of work. Upon 'entering' a specific department, users are presented with a range of information on roles and responsibilities within that department, types of careers, video testimonials from Nationwide employees in various departments and Career Route Maps. We have selected ten business areas that represent 'generic corporate' departments, as well as including information on other roles that may be present in a business including reception, security, retail outlets, cafeteria, etc. The ten main generic departments for the 12-14 and 14-16 age groups are:

  • Research and Development
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Customer Interface and Sales
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Business Operations and Services
  • Corporate Affairs
  • CEO and Board

You can use the menu bar on the left to explore the programmes by age group.

We are always keen to know what teachers and professionals think about our programmes, so if you have any questions, comments or feedback, we'd love to hear from you.

School visits

Nationwide Building Society employees visit schools and colleges to deliver lessons and talks on the three core themes of the Nationwide Education website: Financial Capability, Sustainable Living and Safety.

If you would like to request a school visit please download and complete Section A of this partnership form and email it to . Nationwide endeavours to meet requests wherever possible but unfortunately these cannot be guaranteed.

Why is careers education important?

A 2011 study by the Centre for Business Innovation (CBI) highlighted the increasing need for students to develop a core set of 'employability skills' in the classroom, as a preparation for the world of work. The 2011 CBI/EDI Education & Skills Survey shows that "employability skills are the single most important consideration for 82% of businesses when recruiting graduates." The businesses also pointed out students need to do more to prepare themselves for the workforce. But in fact, employability skills are required no matter what the job is and your background and experience (i.e. degree or no degree).

This clear need from employers, coupled with rising unemployment for young people is evidence that learning employability skills at a young age will only benefit students in the long run.

The Working World programme aims to support and help young people bridge the gap between education and employment and provide students with an understanding and insight of both 'employability skills' (i.e. skills they would need to do any job), as well as 'career information' focused on working in a financial corporate such as Nationwide.

The programme aims to improve youngsters' knowledge and aspirations through:

  • Widening their appreciation of the world of work.
  • Explaining different careers available and routes to those careers.
  • Outlining different department/functions within organisations.
  • Presenting skills and aptitudes important for specific roles.
  • Career maps of various people within Nationwide and a range of video testimonials which illustrate different career paths taken.

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