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Financial knowledge, quick decision making, risk management and effective teamwork…..this month more than 1,500 S5/6 students from 61 schools across Lanarkshire, North East and West Scotland are testing all these vital skills in a unique competitive challenge.

The Investment Challenge uses the Finance Lab simulation to deliver an engaging and productive skills development experience which brings together industry and education in a unique partnership.

Students are offered a challenging way of testing and developing their skills in a work-relevant context, one of the main objectives of the government’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy.  With the guidance of business mentors from sponsors BNP Paribas and First Direct, students learn how these skills could be used in a career in financial services.

The Challenge is designed to help teachers and employers meet the learning and career development needs of Scotland’s young people, particularly those interested in pursuing a career in the financial services sector.  It also provides an applied learning opportunity for Business Education, Economics and Maths students

The competition gives BNP Paribas and First Direct the opportunity to promote the rich variety of careers Scotland’s financial services sector has to offer.  It also helps them forge and maintain strong links with their local schools and communities.

Stephen Forbes, Business and Computing teacher at one of last year’s winning schools Madras College, sums up the appeal of the challenge: “The competition has helped my students improve their team-working, communication and analytical skills – all essential for their employability. The Investment Challenge is an excellent opportunity and has given my students a realistic insight into the financial sector.”

For more information visit the Investment Challenge website or follow the competition on Twitter @investorsims.

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