Add a com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment to maths

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

MAN­AG­ING your money is a fun­da­men­tal life skill. This is why we in­tro­duced fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion to the na­tional cur­ricu­lum.

To com­ple­ment teach­ing in lessons, I am keen to pro­mote projects that help young peo­ple make the most of their money; and I think the Money for Life Chal­lenge is ex­cel­lent.

This is a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion aimed at teach­ing 16 to 24-year-olds how to man­age their money more ef­fec­tively. It has been cre­ated by Lloyds Bank­ing Group, and pro­vides £500 grants to help teams of up to 10 mem­bers de­velop in­no­va­tive money man­age­ment projects that help pro­mote fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion in their com­mu­nity.

Last year, 300 teams won grants to help them de­velop their money man­age­ment strat­egy, and the win­ning team gave £3,500 to a char­ity of their choice.

While help­ing to give inside knowl­edge in the vi­tal field of fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, the com­pe­ti­tion also pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to de­velop team­work, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, lead­er­ship and project man­age­ment skills, all of which stand out on a UCAS ap­pli­ca­tion or a CV.

The com­pe­ti­tion is now in its fourth year and is open to any 16 to 24-year-olds in fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, work-based learn­ing, adult com­mu­nity learn­ing or a train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion. The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day, Novem­ber 21.

You can find more in­for­ma­tion at www.mon­ey­for­lifechal­lenge.org.uk.

I highly rec­om­mend the com­pe­ti­tion to all young peo­ple and I will be fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion closely. I wish all teams ap­ply­ing the best of luck, and please do send me an email if you do ap­ply: nick.hurd.mp@par­lia­ment.uk

NICK HURD MP Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner

House of Com­mons, London

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