Students from Swindon College are being given the opportunity to improve their financial, enterprise and employability skills as part of Barclays Money Skills week.
Barclays and the National Skills Academy for Financial Services have worked in partnership to develop a series of money related activities, which also touch on enterprise and employability, to provide students with the tools they need to stay in control of their finances and achieve their future goals.
Students who participated in 2013 demonstrated clear improvements in their money management skills, with an improved knowledge of financial terms and positive behavioural changes relating to saving, understanding the terms and conditions of financial products and their overall confidence in managing their money.
Throughout the week, Swindon College students will be able to participate in various challenges such as a competition for groups to submit business ideas, where the top ten groups will get to present their ideas at Barclays Headquarters, London and be in with the chance to win an I pad mini; a food tasting activity to consider value for money in the context of everyday food items; and a fashion show where students are selected to purchase an outfit worth £30 and showcase it on a catwalk, as well as many other activities and money saving ideas.
Chris Hearn, Head of Education at Barclays, said: “Around the UK, young people are facing unprecedented social and financial challenges.
"We recognise that, through the Barclays Money Skills programme, our resources and knowledge as a business can help young people overcome those challenges and gain the skills they need to achieve independence and financial security. That is why we’re pleased to once again be teaming up with the Skills Academy for the fourth year of Barclays Money Skills ‘weeks’.”
Barclays Money Skills ‘weeks’ are run in partnership with The National Skills Academy for Financial Services, alongside College Development Network in Scotland, Wales and NOW in Northern Ireland.
For further information about what’s involved in the programme please visit: www.barclaysmoneyskills.com/weeks