Business Charity Awards: Charity Partnership, Banks – UBS with the Skills Builder partnership for Supporting Essential Skills

For an outstanding partnership between a company in the banking sector and a UK charity

What was the partnership?

The partnership between UBS and the social enterprise the Skills Builder Partnership has sought to address the skills gap between the education young people are given in school and the skills they need to thrive after education.

What did it do?

When the founders of Skills Builder felt the students they were teaching were not being adequately equipped for life after school, they founded a partnership with UBS to build eight essential skills among their students: leadership, creativity, teamwork, listening, presenting, problem-solving, aiming high, staying positive. They wanted to do this with the same rigour as any other primary or secondary school learning.

Why did it win?

UBS was a critical part of the Skills Builder mission from its inception, providing both early-stage funding to get the project off the ground and ongoing financial and strategic support, which has enabled Skills Builder to expand from a single school in Hackney in 2009 to supporting more than 130,000 young people across 514 schools nationally in 2018/19. Through skills-based volunteering, UBS also supported Skills Builder in running events, designing marketing materials and launching the organisation’s first website, as well as developing new curriculum content that will allow any teacher to deliver high-quality skills education.

What did the judges say?

“I love this submission,” said Joanne Black, fundraising manager at the Bounce Back Foundation, praising the clear impact and outcomes of the project. “It is so true that school does not prepare you for life and disadvantaged kids have less chance of learning the life skills they need than kids from more affluent backgrounds. The scaling up of the project is super impressive.”


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