27 March 2015

Education Committee Applauds Young 'MoneySense' Experts

The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings was the venue this week for a special ‘MoneySense’ Enterprise session. Hosted by the Assembly’s Education Committee, the event was part of the Ulster Bank’s MoneySense for School’s programme which supports the delivery of financial education to post primary school students across Northern Ireland.

Over 40 school children from Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus took part in a range of activities designed to help them to learn more about the world of business and entrepreneurship.

Members of the Committee joined pupils as they worked in teams to develop business plans for the opening of a coffee shop. The winning team was ‘Jukebox Café’ who impressed the judges with a comprehensive business plan, their ability to work cohesively as a team and their creative ideas for menu, style, deco and the branding of their coffee shop.

The Committee Chairperson Michele McIlveen said after the event: "Basic finance and business competence are essential to a modern economy. The MoneySense for Schools initiative is an excellent opportunity for schools to supplement their current curricula with programmes that teach key employability skills. The Committee very much enjoyed meeting the students today and were very impressed with their creativity and financial know-how. We commend this innovative programme"

Education Committee Member Trevor Lunn MLA gets involved 

Committee Member Sean Rogers MLA lends a helping hand

Ulidia College ‘MoneySense’ participants pictured in the Assembly Senate Chamber


Committee Chairperson Michelle McIlveen helps out

Committee Chairperson Michelle McIlveen MLA and Deputy Chairperson Danny Kinahan MLA pictured with Ulidia students and representatives from the Ulster Bank 
The Winning Team 'Jukebox Cafe'

Committee Member Chris Hazard hears more about the plans for ‘Sleepers Café’