One of the Enterprise Zone’s key goals is to attract 17,000 jobs by 2037. A large part of doing this is ensuring that the future workforce – today’s young people – have the skills, ambition and knowledge to take up those jobs.
One Enterprise Zone employer is making strides towards helping achieve this goal: Bank of Ireland UK on Temple Quay. They have been working with 12-17 year old students from local school Merchants’ Academy since 2008 on a scheme to help students get to know the world of work.
How many people work at the Bank of Ireland UK office in Temple Quay? We employ about 900 staff in Bristol. This is approximately 35% more than we did in Bristol a year ago, and 40% of the Bank’s total UK workforce (2,200).
How long has the Bank had a base at Temple Quay? Bank of Ireland can trace its roots in Bristol back through to its acquisition in 1997 of the Bristol & West Building Society, founded in Bristol in 1850. Since then, the Bank has established a growing presence in the city, which has been focused on Temple Quay since 2000.
What is the main function of the Bank’s base at Temple Quay? It houses the headquarters for our UK mortgage business, as well as a number of other key functions, including risk, finance, legal, customer services, marketing and treasury operations.
How does the Bank work with the school? Bank of Ireland UK provides vital ‘world of work’ experiences to Merchants’ Academy. Merchants’ Academy is located in a disadvantaged part of Bristol, so raising aspirations and employability skills is crucial to them. The Bank offers learning visits to the premises, as well as work experience and mock interviews.
What happens on a visit? The visits are undertaken in tutor groups and students are split into small groups. They get a tour that covers various areas of the premises, including the post room, security (a popular section due to students being shown the Bank’s CCTV and security monitoring system), the Mortgage Sales Contact Centre and a presentation on different financial products in a 150 seater in-house auditorium. The tour concludes in the Bank’s Riverside Restaurant, where students are offered refreshments and prizes are awarded for best attitude and behaviour and winning quiz answers.