The students have been taking part in the workshops as part of their courses within the Business and Law department, which has given them the opportunity to understand how their classroom learning is relevant in the real world. Our students enjoyed playing the board game Discover Fortunes, which aims to help them better understand the different elements of financial planning and gets them to apply their knowledge in different financial scenarios.
Caspar explained some of the reasons for the CII going into schools and colleges, “As well as shining a light on financial planning as a profession, these sessions give students a chance to understand themselves better, develop their communication and leadership skills, and it’s also a chance to do something fun!” The education sector of the CII aims to bridge the gap between students and employers by organising local events and even offers a free membership scheme for students to help facilitate this.
Year 13 student Nicolas Foy said, “I now have a greater understanding of how financial bodies work, and I have also gained a range of transferable skills which I hope will make me more employable in the future.”
Stella Foster, Tutor in Financial Studies, thinks these workshops give students the chance to learn employability and soft skills. Stella is passionate about maintaining links with the CII, and thinks “these workshops will help our students make informed decisions about their futures as they are now aware of the range of options available, including higher level apprenticeships as well as university.”
If you are interested in studying Business Studies, Financial Studies or Economics at OSFC please go to http://www.osfc.ac.uk/courses/business-and-law/ or visit us on our Open Day on Saturday 19th November 10am-2pm. For more information on the Chartered Institute of Insurance go to http://www.cii.co.uk/.