Barclays banks on young minds

Barclays tech 2 webA NATIONAL bank has challenged Priestley College students to demonstrate their app-titude for technology.

Barclays has asked a team of BTEC IT students to come up with a solution to one scenario from a list of five.

The first years are now working on an idea for a fun and informative app to teach children more about money.

“This will be something that is really good to put on their CV and is a great opportunity to work on a brief set by a company like Barclays,” said Tutor Karen Morris.

A mentor from the bank – Josh Bedson – is working with the students as part of the Barclays Tech Innovation competition.

The judges are looking for an idea, and even a prototype, as well as a business plan. Students have been asked to be creative and have fun.

The competition is open to schools and colleges across the north west and the teams with the best ideas will be asked to give their five-minute pitch to the panel at Radbroke Hall in Knutsford.

The winner of the competition will receive Amazon vouchers and will be offered a day of work at Barclays.

“We are using some lesson time for this, but the students are also putting in extra hours to work with their mentor,” said Karen Morris.

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