Supporting early careers

We attract, select and hire the best apprentices, interns and graduates we can. This helps us build the skills and capabilities we need now and for the future.

We’ve always been passionate about supporting young people and their careers; with a key role to play in inspiring future generations to develop their skills, experience and employability.  We welcomed over 760 Interns, Graduates and Apprentices to the business during 2020, and we aim to hire a further 1,000 in 2021.

Schools and Academic Partnerships

We created our Academics Partnerships team to broaden our relationships with our key university partners as well as develop and launch our employability proposition to 13 – 24 year olds in 2021. We have a number of partnerships and sponsorships in place to support that goal; helping us reach more pupils in the right communities, in the right way and designing content aligned to curriculums. In 2020, we virtually welcomed 30 students for our first social mobility insight week and piloted our school employability workshops for 1000 students as they enter a difficult jobs market. 

Here’s some of what we’re aiming to achieve in 2021:

  • We’re sponsoring 1000 pupils (aged 16 – 18) through the Ivy House Award over two years
  • Partnering with Career Ready to provide placements and mentoring for 15 – 18 year olds
  • Adapting our school employability workshops to launch nationwide
  • Launching our brand-new Find your Potential tool; a free-to-access tool to help young people understand their strengths, preferences, skills and possible future career paths
  • Offering up to 60 social mobility insight week placements
  • We'll be the headline sponsor of National Careers Week for the sixth year running.

We’re a purpose-led business and we’re proud to do our part in giving young people confidence in their abilities; helping them find, develop and champion their own potential.


Our apprenticeships combine on-the-job learning with studying for qualifications and are a fantastic alternative to further education.

We have a total of 822 apprentices who have successfully completed their programme with NatWest since 2015.

In 2020, despite Covid-19, we recruited a further 60 new talented young people in October.  This was as part of our social mobility apprenticeship programme, working with our charity partner Leadership through Sport and Business. This 2020 intake is part of our 3-year social mobility apprenticeship programme which will provide over 400 apprenticeship opportunities across the UK to young people from less advantaged backgrounds. 

Making sure we attract and recruit an ethnically diverse workforce that reflects our customer base is critical for us. Our 2020 hiring shows that 37% of our apprentices hired were female and 55% of our apprentices came from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background (20% black heritage).