£500 award from the Society's Community Support Scheme fund.
Sixth form students at Newbury-based secondary school, Park House, benefited from a series of financial education seminars to help prepare them for life outside of the classroom – an event proudly sponsored by Newbury Building Society.
Ed Flack, a financial education consultant at not-for-profit group WizeUp, hosted a series of one-hour interactive sessions which focussed on the importance of regularly saving money, CV and interview best practice, student finance and apprenticeships. Over 60 pupils aged 16-18 attended the drop-in sessions hosted throughout the day.
Ed said: “I enjoyed a great day with the year 12 and 13 students at Park House School. We managed to deliver five workshops on student finance, budgeting, first impressions, saving and taxation to enthusiastic young people who were engaged, inquisitive and questioning throughout. Our thanks to the staff of Park House and to our fantastic sponsor, Newbury Building Society, for their support.”
Ben Hawkins, Head of Sixth Form at Park House School said: “My role as Head of Sixth Form is to prepare our young people for life after PH6. Financial education is a vital part of that preparation and one that I feel my generation did not receive. We as a school are very grateful to Newbury Building Society and Ed Flack, WizeUp for ensuring that this generation receive the invaluable knowledge and advice provided by Ed through a series of engaging and interactive workshops.”
Emma Lavers, Marketing Support Manager at Newbury Building Society said: “We already have a scheme dedicated to educating primary school children, so it was a natural step for us to work with Ed and Park House School to help ensure those about to leave the comforts of the classroom are well-equipped for real-life financial eventualities. WizeUp is a great organisation which runs solely on sponsorship from services like Newbury Building Society. We are delighted to have sponsored this event and look forward to seeing how else we can help improve financial education within young people throughout Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.”