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Citi teams up with education charities to inspire youngsters to a career in financial services

Over 40 school students from low-income communities across London visited Citibank at Canary Wharf on Thursday (10 November) to find out if they have what it takes to be a trader.

Working with volunteer traders from the bank, A-level students from four secondary schools in the capital – in Camden, Dagenham, Isle of Dogs and Hayes – were invited to visit the offices and to take part in a simulation trading game, exchanging commodities and shares to make as much profit as possible.

The day was organised by UK education charity Teach First as part of Citi’s ‘E for Education’ campaign – an annual initiative which raises funds for seven education charities around the world. To date, the initiative has raised over $12 million.

Teach First is one of the UK beneficiaries of the campaign and works to ensure that no child’s educational success is held back by their socio-economic background. The charity finds and develops top graduates and career changers to teach in schools facing the greatest challenges.

Along with SkillForce, another UK beneficiary of the ‘E for Education’ campaign, the charity invited schools in London to offer the opportunity to their pupils.

Hannah Hughes, history teacher and head of year 12 at Harlington School in Hayes, says, “Having an opportunity like this will show my students that professional jobs can be exciting and raise their aspirations for what they may be able to achieve in the future.”

Katy Miller, Deputy Director of Development at Teach First, was there on the day and says, “Our teachers tell us that days like this really show their students how important maths is for their future careers. We would like to thank everyone at Citi for giving their time to the event, and for supporting Teach First.”

Ben Slade, Chief Executive, SkillForce, adds, “Students had a fantastic time developing their teamwork, problem solving and communication skills during the Citi trading game. These experiences provide a valuable insight into the character attributes that they will need for work and life, and we would like to thank Citi for their support.”

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