Manx charity Junior Achievement Isle of Man and Barclays have celebrated five years of open days for high school students.
Each year students spend a morning at Barclays in partnership with Junior Achievement learning about the varied job opportunities a career in banking offers.
Barclays’ Bal Jandu said: ‘This was our fifth year of running the Junior Achievement Barclays school open days and to date we have seen more than 250 students take part.
‘The sessions are open to year 10 students in all six secondary schools in the Isle of Man and they provide an invaluable insight into the financial workplace, its values and the diverse array of jobs available
‘Students are always amazed to learn of the variety of job opportunities and training the bank offers.
‘Barclays works with the local community to upskill the next generation and set them up on a pathway to success. These open days help teach the students important life skills which will support them as they move from school to further education orthe workplace.
‘I have been organising the school open days from the start and I thoroughly enjoy them; it’s very rewarding to see the students embracing the experience, which will help them to shape their career choices.’
St Ninian’s High School teacher Steve Ryder-Clague said: ‘The sessions were excellent real-world experiences of working life for our students. They were extremely informative about the diversity of jobs within the financial industry. Barclays staff worked well with our students and were a pleasure to be with during the morning…and the organisation by Junior Achievement was first-class too.’
Comments from students included: ‘Really enjoyed myself. Found it informative’; ‘Opened up my mind to the possibilities in the finance sector’; ‘The questions I asked were answered with confidence and with integrity’; ‘Learnt a lot about Barclays’; ‘I would like to work there’.
Junior Achievement programme manager Joy Spence said: ‘These open days are a real eye-opener for young people at a pivotal time in their life when they’re on the brink of leaving school and having to consider the next step to take.
‘These session also complement programmes we deliver in schools, such as “It’s All About Money” which teaches students how to become financially adept adults; “Get A Job” that helps young people acquire the skills needed when applying and attending an interview for a job; our mock interview workshops; “Learn to Earn”, helping year 9 students develop the soft skills employers expect today; and our flagship company programme where year 12 students set up and run their own company over an academic year.
‘All that we do at Junior Achievement is about preparing young people for the complex and highly competitive world of work. In this Barclays’ support is invaluable, the open days giving students a flavour of just how varied a career in banking can be - from legal to marketing, IT to accounting opportunities, and more. Importantly the sessions go a long way to dispelling the myth that banking’s just about figures and handling cash. Rather it offers young people global opportunities to reach their potential so we are very grateful to Barclays for their long-standing support.’
To find how more about Junior Achievement visit www.jaiom.im, call 666266 or follow Junior Achievement Isle of Man on Facebook.
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Image: Ballakermeen and St Ninian’s high school students with Barclays staff in the bank’s Victoria Street branch with Junior Achievement’s Joy Spence, extreme right. Picture Andrew Barton