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Community Investment

Skills for Life

Skills for Life

Through our Skills for Life initiative our employees offer volunteering support directly to disadvantaged young people. Skills for Life is about the sharing of our general life skills and the knowledge and experience we possess which might be of use to young people.

Volunteering typically takes the form of mentoring, coaching or tutoring designed to help a young person to overcome some of the challenges they are facing and take steps towards fulfilling their potential.

Career Dimensions


Volunteers in Hong Kong and China are partnering with Junior Achievement to introduce students at schools in disadvantaged areas to the world of work.

The Career Dimensions programme comprises career talks, mentorship, group activities and professional advice, enabling secondary school students to understand the opportunities and requirements of the investment banking industry and to gain insight into professional roles.

TutorMate with Innovations for Learning


In the UK we partner with Innovations for Learning to deliver TutorMate: an online reading programme that is helping thousands of children to improve their reading and literacy.

In 30-minute sessions, once a week, Rothschild & Co volunteers phone the children they are paired with and, through an online portal, together they take part in reading exercises that allow the children to build their fluency, comprehension, phonics and spellings skills through fun and interactive web-sessions.

"Rothschild & Co volunteers are undoubtedly helping to transform the life chances of young children."
Innovations for Learning

Careers Mentoring

We partner with charities in several countries to run long-term careers mentoring programmes.

For example, in France volunteers mentor young people in partnership with the social enterprise Simplon.

Simplon runs a network of social digital factories in France. Inspired by the tech bootcamps of Silicon Valley, it aims to make the digital sector more inclusive by developing the talents of young people from under-represented groups. The trainees include refugees, marginalized children and teenagers, and unemployed young people. Since its launch in 2013 Simplon has trained more than 2000 young people who it hopes will become the web developers, digital project managers and entrepreneurs of the future.

Rothschild & Co volunteers mentor Simplon trainees over an eight month period. The programme aim is for mentors and mentees to exchange knowledge and ideas, and for mentors to help the young people to plan their futures and understand what is required of them to succeed in their professional lives. 

Mentoring programmes also run in Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.