Metro Bank Partners With Charity To Teach Finances to Year 6 Students
Metro Bank colleagues from the Newbury store have partnered with Education Business Partnership, a charity whose mission is to equip young children with vital skills needed to reach their full potential when they eventually join the workforce. The Newbury colleagues supported the charity’s Ready Steady Jobs event aimed at introducing primary school children to different career choices and helping them shape their thoughts as they set off for secondary school.
Metro Bank’s Newbury colleagues contributed to the programme by delivering Money Zone - a financial education workshop to year 6 students at Whitelands Park Primary School and St Nicholas CE Primary School. The aim of the complimentary workshop is to raise financial awareness in the kids from a young age.
Money Zone is a series of financial education lessons that Metro Bank offers to school children - either virtually or in store. Money Zone comprises of four sessions - budgeting, saving, banking and the last session which takes place in store giving the children a behind the scenes look at the Bank, including a visit to the vault and the chance to try the Magic Money Machine. Metro Bank has delivered its Money Zone programme to over 50,000 school children.
The Magic Money Machine is coin counter available for free for Metro Bank customers.
At both schools, Metro Bank’s assistant store manager, Emily Simister and customer service representative, Clarise Chivers delivering the key Money Zone sessions to the students, whilst also explaining how some of the bank accounts available to children worked before closing with a question session from the students.
“It was a delight delivering our first Money Zone in person since the pandemic,” explains Newbury Metro Bank’s assistant store manager, Emily Simister. “The students were interested in all aspects of the workshop and asked lots of questions. Some of them even opened bank accounts with us.”
Customer service representative Clarise Chivers added: “It was exciting to see how engaging the students were during the sessions. Knowing how to budget and save are fundamental skills which our children will find invaluable throughout their lives.”
Any schools interested in Money Zone can contact their local Metro Bank store for more information.
Metro Bank’s Newbury store is located at 64 - 65 Northbrook St, Newbury RG14 1AE. The store is currently open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6pm, Sundays 11am to 5pm.