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Working with sixth forms and colleges

Managing your money

Our staff deliver tailored sessions about money management which are available throughout the year to sixth forms and colleges.

Through interactive sessions, students learn about value for money, how to make better financial choices and how to safeguard themselves against fraud in the future. 

City College takes a close look at finance

Carol, a Functional Mathematics teacher from City College invited our volunteers in to talk to mature students.

''I’m so grateful to Coventry Building Society - the sessions were brilliant. The students really felt they benefitted, especially from the bank statement exercise - I’m not sure any of them have paid much attention to understanding them until now, which is what it is all about.’'

Raising aspirations

Many of our employees have taken time out of their busy schedules to visit secondary schools and try to inspire young people to consider a career in financial services.

Not everyone has a clear idea of the job they’d like when they are 16, or even when they are 30. By listening to staff talk passionately about their career and the choices they’ve made, audiences can see how our staff have worked hard to reach the roles they're doing now.

Interviews with impact

Many schools run mock interview sessions and many of our employees volunteer to go along and be the interviewers, giving the benefit of their experience.

During these sessions, the students apply for a job by completing an application form and providing a CV, then our volunteers will put them through their (supported) paces during an interview. The students will be coached on key skills like keeping eye contact, making sure they’ve done their homework about the company they're applying to work for and backing up CVs with examples. At the end of the interview the students are given constructive feedback and, where necessary, tips on how to improve.

Join our internship scheme

Over the past few years, the Coventry has offered six-week summer internships to sixth form students, giving them a taste of life working in financial services.

In 2016, we received nearly 50 applications for paid internships. More than 30 students completed online tests and 20 students were subsequently invited to interview.

12 students successfully completed their internships over the summer. And, as we’ve seen in previous years, a number of these students will continue to hold a part-time position as they continue with their studies. A number of these students have gone on to develop successful careers with the Coventry following their internship – it’s a great way to start a career in financial services. 

Arnold's experience

Arnold Mujakachi, from Barr’s Hill School and Community College in Coventry, took part in the interns programme in 2015:

‘'During my time at the Jubilee Crescent branch, I didn't stop learning. As well as developing my knowledge of laws such as the Data Protection Act, I've learned a lot about myself as well. I have developed my communication skills and learned to conduct myself in a mature and professional way. I’ve also met some great people – colleagues and members alike!''