HSBC Speak Up West Midlands

Giving young people in the West Midlands the confidence and opportunity to speak up on the issues that matter to them.

This project gives 100 state secondary schools across the West Midlands access to our digital workshops. 

Young people can use a combination of self-directed learning on a digital platform and live delivery with a trainer on Zoom. By delivering the workshop remotely we can deliver all the outcomes of our in-person training and reach more students and give teachers the opportunity to deliver some of the activities themselves. All schools are offered:

  • Access to our online learning platform
  • Teacher webinars to introduce them to the programme
  • Teacher Resources to support them in delivering activities
  • ‘Office Hours’ with trainers, where teachers can ask advice
  • Public Speaking Webinars which all year 10 students in state secondary schools can access.

We will offer additional support to these schools with large cohorts of students who have greater need than others and twenty target schools will also receive a full day of in-person public speaking training.

Young people who have taken part in our training will be invited to film and upload their speech to a digital platform, allowing their voice and opinions to be heard by the wider community.

After the workshop, selected students enter regional public speaking competitions. – sharing their speeches on school, regional and national stages. Speeches are judges by panels of VIP judges – which helps to raise aspirations for students and the profile of young people in the community.

‘It’s now near 24 hrs since my first Speakers Trust volunteering day and I’m still on a high from my wonderful experience. I can’t stop telling friends and colleagues about just how personally moving and rewarding the day was … The day was probably my most memorable, rewarding, emotional and inspiring volunteering experience I’ve had the privilege to be part of and one I will always cherish.’
Head of Financial Crime Compliance & MLRO, HSBC UK


  • 90% of the least confident students increased their confidence.
  • 96% of students better understand the feelings, faiths, views and options of others
  • 93% of students learned skills they will used in the next stage of their education, employment or training.

West Midlands Final 2022 at the MAC

It was an enjoyable and productive day. The students were amazing and gave phenomenal speeches

Teacher, Graveney School

My students have experienced something quite rare – the space to think and the freedom to speak about hopes and fears in an entertaining, mutually respectful and intellectually dynamic workshop. Many thanks

Cathy Haslam, Teacher

Participating in the Speak Out challenge gave me huge confidence to find my voice and be able to communicate effectively. I benefited massively as I went through my education, and continue to do so day to day in my professional career. It no doubt set me up for success!

Max Winston, Chief of Staff, Monzo

The Speak Out challenge gave me a voice that I never knew that I had. It has played an integral part in boosting my confidence and also gave me a multitude of essential life skills that I constantly apply in my day to day life. That is why when the opportunity to become an Alumni Ambassador was offered to me, I felt so honoured to become a part of this wonderful process and hopefully help others gain these invaluable life skills and find their own voice.