Volunteering

Developing employability skills in Edinburgh

Robbie has led different skills and employability workshops to help homeless and vulnerable people develop their skills which employers are looking for.

Robbie Simpson is a Business Analyst and he thinks it is very important for colleagues to share their skills and knowledge from the Group and he has been actively involved in organising and leading employability workshops for charities and voluntary organisations across Edinburgh.

He has volunteered at FourSquare, a charity which supports homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland to overcome the barriers they face through providing support services and skills-development opportunities. Robbie and his team have led skills and employability workshops at FourSquare to help them develop confidence, understand the skills which employers are looking out for and provided help with writing CVs. He has also led employability workshops at Access to Industry to help vulnerable young people in Edinburgh to find employment.

Robbie believes volunteering has made him more aware of issues in his local community and is equally rewarding for his own skills development. At Lloyds Banking Group, he has learnt different skills as he has progressed through his career, such as leading interviews and delivering presentations, and he thinks sharing these skills and providing mentoring for young people embarking on their careers is very important.

He said: “Volunteering and being able to share our skills in the community is so rewarding and there are so many opportunities out there. The Group is very encouraging towards us spending a day in our local communities, as part of its Helping Britain Prosper Plan. I have worked with many inspiring people and get a lot out of it too”.

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