Metro Bank colleagues from the Solihull store have delivered Money Zone - a financial education workshop to students from Castlewood School. The aim of the complimentary workshops is to raise financial awareness in students 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 250,000 children.
Metro Bank’s Store Manager, Kulvinder Dhanda and Customer Service Representative, Aniqah Akther delivered the key Money Zone sessions to the students, which ended with an hour tour of the bank and vault to discuss what they had learned during the sessions. The children found the budgeting session particularly interesting as they were asked to focus on what they need, as opposed to what they would like. They were keen to work out how much they would need to save. However, their favourite session was visiting the store. They were intrigued with the vault area and loved the organised treasure hunt! They enjoyed speaking with the team asking lots of questions about what they enjoyed about their job and what would they need to do to have a career in banking.
“We do a lot of work in the local community, but the Money Zone sessions are my favourite,” explains Solihull Metro Bank’s Store Manager Kulvinder Dhanda. “Learning how to manage your money, budget and save are fundamental life skills that everyone needs to learn – and the younger the better. We are proud of our Money Zone programme and the difference it makes in giving young kids a good grounding in their financial education.”
Any schools or groups interested in Money Zone can contact their local Metro Bank store for more information. Metro Bank’s Solihull store is located at 119 High St, Solihull B91 3SR. The store is currently open Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 6pm; Sundays: 11am to 5pm.