Morley Observer Column

I was greeted by a fashion show with students showing off ‘Barclays Blue’ outfits, as I arrived at Leeds City College last week. I had been invited to present the Barclays Money Skills Awards to students from across Yorkshire and the North East. Money Skills week was held in March and it aims to teach students about finance, money and savings. As recent events have shown it is more important than ever for our young people to be taught about managing their finances.

The scheme encourages students to take part in a week of practical activities and competitions that is designed to teach them more about money and how to properly manage it. I went along to the Thomas Danby campus to give out awards to the students from Yorkshire and the North East who had come up with the most creative ideas about how to save money.

There were some really interesting ideas and I was particularly impressed with one students’ simple but effective way of saving money at his own college – by turning down the thermostat by a couple of degrees across the campus they could save thousands of pounds a year which could be used to spend on extra resources. In fact I left the event with a few handy tips to take back to the Shadow Treasury team! I want to wish all the students from Morley and across Yorkshire who are going through to the National Finals in July the very best of luck – when they go off to Barclays HQ in London.

The event was a brilliant opportunity for me to visit what will be one of the other campuses of the newly merged Leeds City College. We all want to have the very best quality education for our young people. That’s why I’m supporting the merger between Joseph Priestly College and Leeds City College – to build on the strengths we already have here and provide more first class opportunities for students in Morley by providing even better facilities and resources. I look forward to hearing the outcome of the decision in the next few months.

As we all know Blue didn’t do too badly in the Eurovision song contest but let’shope our Yorkshire ‘Barclays Blue’ students can go one step further in theNational finals. One thing is for certain they definitely won’t be coming backwith “nil points!”

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Posted May 18th, 2011 by admin