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Ed teaches cash lessons for life to Hinckley sixth formers

Hinckley sixth formers picked up a wealth of useful tips about managing their money beyond school during two days of financial education sponsored by Hinckley & Rugby Building Society.

JC6 students with Wize Up's Ed Flack

WizeUp.JC6: JC6 students with (back, right) Ed Flack of WizeUp and Hinckley & Rugby’s Jennifer Williams

Ed Flack, a financial education expert from the not-for-profit WizeUp, worked with dozens of Year 12 students at Hinckley Academy’s JC6 sixth form – and some of their parents too.

Ed spent his first day at JC6 with students who are planning to go on to university after their final sixth form year which begins in September. He tackled budgeting, flat sharing and credit cards. That evening it was the turn of their parents, with around 40 taking part in a lively discussion about student finance.

On the second day Ed worked with students planning to move straight into work after leaving JC6 next summer. After learning how to write a great CV, they talked about saving, budgeting, tax and National Insurance.

Ed said:

“We enjoyed really great participation from everyone who attended, including the parents who had lots of great questions to ask. Over the two days we managed to chat to about 150 young and not so young people.

“Huge thanks to our wonderful friends at Hinckley & Rugby Building Society for sponsoring our participation. This is our eighth year of working together and the Society has been absolutely magnificent.”

Janet Paterson, head of JC6, said:

“We are hugely grateful to Hinckley & Rugby for providing sponsorship so that WizeUp could work with our students again this year. WizeUp’s advice on everything from writing a great CV to managing a student flat share is invaluable as students make their plans for the future.”

Hinckley & Rugby’s Castle Street branch customer assistant Jennifer Williams dropped in to see Ed’s lessons in action. Jennifer said: “Ed gets across so much useful knowledge to the students. By the end they are much better equipped to manage their money after school.”

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