We have a talented and knowledgeable team of employees who are keen to share that wealth of expertise within our local communities.
To help them, we offer 24 hours of volunteering time per year. They can use this to undertake their own personal volunteering, or to contribute to the range of Citizenship programmes organised by the bank.
These include skills and experience; from one-off employability, enterprise and business planning workshops, to ongoing primary tutoring, adult literacy sessions, mentoring and trusteeships.
This is another way for our employees to enhance their skills and personal development and, in turn, develop the skills of our local communities. In fact, 80% of our staff in our annual survey attributed improved communication, leadership and people management skills through their involvement in CSR, while more than 70% said they had improved problem solving, time management and adopted new ways of working.
Our Partnership with The Brilliant Club
Kleinwort Hambros is pleased to announce that it has partnered with The Brilliant Club to co-create educational courses on economics and finance for pupils aged 11-13. These courses will be taught in state schools across the UK, to help young people from underrepresented backgrounds to progress in their education to reach competitive universities.
The Brilliant Club is an education charity with a mission to widen access to selective universities for young students from underrepresented backgrounds. This is achieved by mobilising their PhD researcher community to share their knowledge with pupils in state schools across the UK, either as part-time tutors or classroom teachers.
In England today, only 1 in 50 of the most disadvantaged school leavers progress to a highly-selective university, compared to 1 in 4 of the most advantaged. The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting school closures have only increased the risk that this existing gap will widen even further.
Therefore, in 2021, The Brilliant Club aims to work with 25,000 pupils through their programmes, including The Scholars Programme, Researchers in Schools (RIS) and the brand new Brilliant Tutoring Programme.
The Scholars Programme - a programme which gives pupils the opportunity to study a course of seven university style tutorials with a PhD researcher - has proven particularly effective. The programmes latest evaluation with the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has shown that 37% of their graduates progressed to a highly-selective university, compared to 20% of pupils in matched control groups, making Scholars Programme graduates almost twice as likely to progress.
By partnering with The Brilliant Club, Kleinwort Hambros is equipping young people with new skills and knowledge, taught in a flexible way. From March until July, Kleinwort Hambros’ co-designed course “What is Money?” will be taught to students aged 11-13 in schools across the country. It will be delivered as part of the Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme. The course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of money, its value, how it has evolved and how it continues to evolve. This will go beyond the current Key Stage 3 curriculum, helping students to better understand finance whilst also introducing them to principles that will help them to manage their own finances.
This new partnership is a further demonstration of our commitment to being a leading responsible bank with a critical social role to play to encourage social mobility.