The world's favourite bank is a crucial force behind the UK's leading enterprise charity
HSBC is a crucial force behind the UK’s leading education charity
Since the 1980’s, HSBC has supported Young Enterprise by providing volunteers who mentor student companies, offering business advice, skills and experience to help them run a successful business.
HSBC supports two Young Enterprise programmes; The Company Programme and Launch Pad.
The Company Programme is aimed at young people aged 15-19 and runs for one academic year. The young people on the programme are tasked to create a company including carrying out market research, writing a business plan, raising finance, opening a company bank account, as well as marketing and promoting their product/service.
Throughout this they compete with other schools and colleges throughout the UK and globally to win the highly prized Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award.
Launch Pad is a one day programme is aimed at 14-19 year olds and delivers high energy practical engaging sessions, supported by business volunteers, to help students to discover more about themselves and develop key employability skills.
HSBC employees who have volunteered with Young Enterprise have developed their personal skills including effective communication, negotiating, mentoring and influencing.
“It’s all about putting something back into the community,” explains Mark Wheeler, Head of Customer Credit, who has been volunteering with Young Enterprise for the past ten years.
“In our day jobs we focus on looking after our customers. Young Enterprise is about where the next generation of business and talent is going to come from. When you see the students on Young Enterprise, you realise how important it is to invest in future talent both for HSBC and the UK economy.’
Education is a core focus area of HSBC’s community investment programme. As part of the Young People programme, HSBC seeks to help young people fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions by providing access to education; particularly for the disadvantaged, developing entrepreneurship and promoting international and cultural understanding.
HSBC’s £14 million Young People Programme is helping over 50,000 young people a year in the UK, supporting 14 schemes and providing over 2,000 employee volunteering opportunities.
For more information visit the HSBC website.