Around 30 business studies pupils quizzed traders as part of the Survive the City workshop. It sees pupils spend part of the day learning about The City at the Museum of London before competing in groups to win a charity donation in a Dragon’s Den-style business challenge, supported by RBS volunteers.
Three of the pupils were from a Haringey secondary school that works with the IntoUniversity charity to make a university place a reality for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Daniela, 15, said: "Getting a tour of the trading floor was my favourite part of the day - it was really exciting to see what happens up there. It has made me think that I would like to go on to study business and finance at university. Maybe I'll end up working somewhere similar one day."
Raven, 14, said: "This morning we learnt a lot about risk and return and what it takes to make a business work. In the future I'd like to run my own childcare business so it was great to learn about the things I need to think about to make it a success."
The interactive Survive the City workshop is part of RBS’s successful partnership with the Museum of London. It has supported a range of educational programmes for 200,000 school pupils to date and RBS this month extended its support into 2014.
The workshop was developed by the museum's learning specialists who worked alongside RBS employees, led by Head of Corporate Debt Capital Markets and Risk Solutions EMEA Richard Bartlett. The course is designed to bridge the gap between London as a global centre of finance and the city’s young people.
Richard said: “This partnership demonstrates RBS’s commitment to supporting our local communities and offers something tangible. The Museum’s need for a programme on London as an important financial centre was clear, so our employees helped develop it."
In 2013, RBS has made a commitment to share its skills to inspire 7,500 young people in local communities to reach their potential.