In 2015 in EMEA, 3,808 UBS employees volunteered in the local community.
Here is what it means to them and our community partners in their own words:
UBS volunteer Janet Wigglesworth has been coaching Teach First teachers for a number of years, providing individual support and guidance as they train and teach specifically in schools in low-income communities.
Teach First teacher Jessica first met Janet at a Teach First 'speed dating' event matching teachers and volunteer coaches. The two clicked and Janet began coaching Jessica. Janet supported Jessica to transition to a new leadership role.
Through the coaching sessions, Jessica noticed an improvement. One of Jessica's long-term goals is to be head teacher one day. The coaching sessions facilitate development of goals like Jessica's.
"When I received an email from Community Affairs regarding the Teach First initiative the concept immediately appealed to me…Over the past few years I have coached five teachers, all with different objectives and challenges...It made me realize how critical they are as role models to help inspire young people to reach their potential."
"I recently became head of the department and am focusing on what I want to achieve during the sessions. It's useful having someone who knows about management and getting people to buy into ideas."
Bridge Academy Work Experience
Every year, UBS hosts Bridge Academy students for work experience in various departments of the business. Hosting a Bridge Academy students for work experience placements gives Nick Denton the opportunity to align his values within his work and a chance to create a culture of volunteering within his team.
“I am generally always inspired to bring in youngsters; I like the idea of having people in and giving them a chance to experience work. The students asked lots of questions which kept us on our toes and stopped us making assumptions about the way that we work. It's always nice to have fresh ideas."