A very good investment for Glenrothes High

Steven Morrison of BNP Paribas; Jordon Forbes and Daniel Baldwin of Glenrothes High; Ian Hanson of Skills Development Scotland.
Steven Morrison of BNP Paribas; Jordon Forbes and Daniel Baldwin of Glenrothes High; Ian Hanson of Skills Development Scotland.

Glenrothes High School has come top of the class after winning a competition giving students the chance to sharpen their investment skills.

The team were the winners of the Investment Challenge, a joint initiative supported by BNP Paribas Securities Services and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with the publisher of the Global Investor business simulations.

The competition involved pupils working in their classrooms in teams of two to increase the value of a virtual investment fund, buying and selling shares and commodities and carrying out their own research to make investment decisions while reacting to incoming news stories.

The top performing teams were invited to the offices of BNP Paribas Securities Services to take part in the final.

The North East Scotland final was won by Glenrothes High S5 students Daniel Baldwin and Jordon Forbes, who beat students from Madras College and Glenwood High.

Afifa Khanam, principal teacher of business and enterprise at the town’s high school, said: “This kind of competition offers our pupils the opportunity to build the skills they need to enter the world of work and to improve their financial capabilities.

“We were very impressed with the concentration, effort and application shown by the pupils in the competition.

“It was a very strong effort and we congratulate them all.”

Hundreds of S5 students took part in the competition using the online business simulation Finance Lab, with volunteers from BNP Paribas Securities Services visiting each school to meet teachers and students and talk about opportunities in the sector.

Ian Hanson, key sector manager for financial and business services at SDS, said: “We’d like to congratulate Glenrothes High for performing so well throughout a closely fought competition. It is encouraging to see students from across Scotland taking part with such enthusiasm.

“All of those who reached the final will have learnt a lot from visiting the offices of BNP Paribas. Employers such as BNP Paribas have a key role to play in helping young people find out about the careers available in the financial and business services sector.”

Playing our part in Scots schools

Zoe Gordon, head of treasury at BNP Paribas Securities Services UK, said: “The Investment Challenge forms part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme. 
“We are delighted to be playing our part in contributing to education in Scotland and encouraging future generations to consider a career in financial services. 
“Colleagues who went out to schools had a great experience and received a lot of encouraging feedback from the teachers at the schools they visited.”

The competition also forms part of SDS’s Skills Investment Plan for the Financial and Business Services sector, which aims to attract fresh young talent and improve work readiness.

S5 students Zubair Sarwar and Ciaran McKenna from St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch beat off competition from students of Holyrood Secondary to win the West of Scotland final.