Derby College Student in National Money Skills Final

A student at Derby College has reached the national final of the Barclays Money Skills competition.

Derby, United Kingdom, April 13, 2011 --( A student at Derby College has reached the national final of the Barclays Money Skills competition, organised as part of a special week of activities to raise young people's awareness of money management issues and help them control their budgets.

Students throughout the College were asked for their money saving ideas for the competition, organised by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, and the winner was Rafal Wajdlich (17) who suggested setting up a monthly ‘swap shop’ for students to exchange clothes, DVDs, games and CDs rather than buying new ones.

Rafal, who came to Derby from Poland eight months ago and is now on the College’s Lexis programme for learners whose second language is English based at The Roundhouse, went on to win the regional final of the competition and is now in the national final this July. He has also been invited to spend the day at Barclays’ corporate headquarters in Canary Wharf to learn more about the bank.

Rafal said: “Nobody has very much money at the moment so it would be great if we could swap things that we don’t want anymore for things that we would like. It would make a big difference to people of our age.”

Students at Field Road, Ilkeston, The Roundhouse, Derby and Broomfield Hall in participated in entertaining and informative money management activities based on topics such as food, fashion, family and independent living. They were among the 90,000 students across 150 FE Colleges who took part in the Barclays Money Week.

College Enrichment and Progress Manager Fiona Skinner said: “The feedback from Student Forums was that many wanted more information about money management and we therefore joined the Barclays Money Week this year. It was a huge success with a positive response from students throughout the College so we will definitely be repeating this in future years.”


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