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Employers work to make financial careers to attractive for young people

The Investment Challenge is a great example of how employers in financial services can work with education to benefit young people and the sector.

It aims to encourage more young people to consider careers in finance. 

It is a joint initiative is supported by BNP Paribas and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with the publisher of the Global Investor business simulations.

Employers like BNP Paribas have a key role in helping young people find out about finance and business careers.

“All of those who reached the Challenge final will have learnt a lot from visiting the offices of BNP Paribas. Employers such as BNP Paribas have a key role to play in helping young people find out about the careers available in the financial and business services sector.”
Ian Hanson, Key Sector Manager for Financial and Business Services, Skills Development Scotland

Pupils take the Investment Challenge

The Challenge transforms the world of finance into an online competition for S5 students in North East and West Scotland.

Participants test their skills and knowledge by using Finance Lab – a fast-moving business simulation game of strategic thinking and pressured decisions.

The pupils work in small teams to increase the value of their virtual investment fund.

They buy and sell shares and commodities, and carry out their own research to make investment decisions.

Building insights and skills

The initiative aims to:

  • Boost students' confidence
  • Develop their understanding of financial services
  • Provide insight into career options in financial services.

It also builds skills which are crucial for new starts in this sector such as working under pressure, team spirit and communication skills.

"This competition is great for helping students develop their numeracy and literacy skills. It also offers relevant experience in areas such as time management, working as a team, communication, and risk-taking."
Joyce Gray, teacher at St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch

What's next?

Find out more about how how the Investment Challenge works on the Stockmarket Challenge website.

Want to find out about more initiatives? Visit our Inspiration hub.

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