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Bank sponsors 'life-changing programme' for students


HSBC backs Junior Achievement work

HSBC has been thanked for supporting a 'potentially life-changing programme' on the Isle of Man. 

The bank has sponsored the 2021 Junior Achievement Student Company of the Year award.  

It was won by Elevate – a team from St Ninian's High School – who impressed judges with their idea for paper soap which disintegrates after washing. 

Over the last nine months more than 120 students from Island high schools have taken part in the programme. 

Research carried out by Junior Achievement Europe indicates that up to 15 per cent of students who take part go on to become self-employed before they reach the age of 30. 

Chief executive Sue Cook says: "Over the last few months students have faced a lot of uncertainty and disruption as their education has been unavoidably paused. 

"We felt it was all the more important this year, therefore, to provide them with an opportunity to develop their skills and gain some valuable work experience. 

"The aim of the programme is to get young people to reflect on and learn from their experiences of running their own business. 

"The programme can help them to identify potential career opportunities they would perhaps otherwise not have considered and to explore how best to develop their career pathways.

"I'm extremely grateful to HSBC for their continued support and congratulate everyone who took part in this potentially life-changing programme."

The HSBC Award for Junior Achievement Company of the Year went to Elevate from Ballakermeen High School.

Runner-up - Orion from Ballakermeen High School for their Aroma shower steamers.

Third place - Eclipse from Ballakermeen High School for their eco- friendly phone cases.
Other awards were: 

Utmost Wealth Solutions Award for Outstanding Team Member – Ben Corkhill from Ramsey Grammar School.

KPMG Award for Positive Social Impact - Empower from Ramsey Grammar School for their eco-friendly home for bees.

Zurich International Life Award for Inspirational Leadership – Ellie Baldwin from Ramsey Grammar School.

Maggie Galloway Award for Volunteer Mentor of the Year – Jim Woodall.

Continent 8 Technologies Award for Best Use of Marketing – Cayman National Bank.

Junior Achievement Award for Best Trade Stand - Orion from Ballakermeen High School for their product the Aroma Shower Steamer.

Celton Manx Special Recognition Award - Georgia Cowley from Ballakermeen High School.

ELS Award for Innovation in Business - CEASIUM from Castle Rushen High School for their tech-friendly wristband to replace go cards on public transport.

HSBC Financial Excellence Award – Team Summit from Ballakermeen High School.

Junior Achievement Students' Choice Award – Jumpstart from Ballakermeen High School.

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