12 December 2016

Sixth formers make their voices heard on finance

Students from all five of Brighton & Hove’s school sixth forms are talking to experts in financial education and careers in the finance sector at a Sussex Business Times roundtable event on Monday 12 December from 4-6pm at NatWest's Entrepreneurial Spark base at 149 Preston Road, Brighton.

A panel of experts from local businesses and Brighton & Hove City Council will talk about and answer questions on a range of topics including:

  • Financial education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Apprenticeships and other post-school options
  • Careers in finance
  • Personal finance.

The experts include Caroline Edwards and Jason Dempsey from NatWest, Stephen Ashley of Coutts; Brett Griffin, Founder of Pupil Progress Ltd; Alistair Barron of the Big Futures Show; and Rachel Carter from the council.

Each panellist will start by talking about how well prepared they felt they were for the world of work and personal finance when they left school.

This will move into a discussion around whether or not the students feel their school curriculum is giving them the skills they need to thrive in the business world.

The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Tom Bewick, said:

“Financial education is crucial for young people to help them make informed decisions about their futures.

"This event is a great opportunity for our sixth form students and also for those working in the financial sector, to fully understand the financial challenges young people face.

“We are grateful to all the experts involved for giving our young people the benefit of their knowledge and experience.”