Our community

We believe in inclusive employment for all. Individuals and communities deserve to have the skills and opportunities to work, build careers and plan confident futures. As a global investment business, it's essential to our core purpose that communities and individuals are able to save and invest, creating a better future for them and a more sustainable business model for us.

Our key focus is on helping people into meaningful jobs that pay at least a living wage so that they have the ability to not only live, but save for their future, and their families too.

Road with icons of our community along the way and illustrates the story of our support for the people we support into employment. It shows school students, young people and those facing multiple barriers into employment.

The success of this work would not be possible without the engagement and participation of our people. We encourage and support them to volunteer, fundraise and get involved with local projects and initiatives using their business knowledge and skills to make a lasting impact on our communities.

School students

We work with Career Ready, a national charity that links schools and colleges with employers to help prepare young people for the world of work.

Twenty-four of our leaders act as mentors over a two-year period, and we provide summer placements for the young people being mentored. In addition we've offered our facilities for masterclasses, and provided leadership at both local and national advisory board levels.

Descriptions of what we do  support school children with employability skills.

Transitioning from primary to secondary school can be a challenging time. To help young people during that time we support the work of SkillForce and their Junior Prince's Award. This innovative programme will support 1400 children in 40 schools across the UK during 2015 and 2016.

These partnerships complement our work supporting local schools alongside local authorities and Skills Development Scotland.

Young people

Youth unemployment is a global issue touching all of our communities. We play an active role in providing real and sustainable opportunities for future generations. It's essential to our core purpose that communities and individuals are able to save and invest, creating a better future for them while ensuring that Standard Life thrives as a sustainable business.

Details about the number of young people we have supported into employment.


Across our global employability programmes we have provided 46 jobs in total. (Target = 50)


We support a range of programmes, often with specialist partner organisations, that help prepare and facilitate young people into the world of work.

Our Edinburgh Guarantee school leaver programme provides a six-month paid internship for young people who have recently left school. Over 130 young people have benefited so far and 98% have moved on to full time employment or further education. The scheme has expanded to offer opportunities for young people in Glasgow and London. We also support the Investment 2020 initiative at Standard Life Investments by offering 12-month work placements. We also offer Modern Apprenticeships and Traineeships to encourage young people to pursue technical and specialist career routes.

Through the Standard Life Charitable Trust we fund the work of the charities, Tomorrow's People and The Prince's Trust. Our work with the Prince's Trust is an innovative programme where young people are placed into roles with small businesses for 12 months, and receive a wage subsidy paid at The Living Wage. Since we began to participate in the scheme, in 2014, 132 young people benefited from support.

Those facing multiple barriers to employment

Many people face multiple barriers and have complex needs stopping them from entering the work place. This includes people who have been through the care system, people serving as carers, people with disability and people who are transitioning from a career with the Armed Forces.

Family group and an individual in shades of blue. They are standing on a street in front of trees and houses.

We work with Remploy to encourage applications from people with complex needs and disability. We also take referrals onto our supported employment programmes from people who have been helped by The Prince's Trust and Tomorrow's People.

With a specific focus on ex-service personnel, we advertise roles through networks such as The Officers Association Scotland and The Career Transition Partnership. We also offer an Armed Forces outreach programme that connects our internal Armed Forces Network with external agencies looking to support people in their journey into work.

Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

We are a Living Wage Employer          We are a Living Wage Friendly Funder