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Inner London school pupils test their skills as City traders

Cass runs finance taster course to promote higher education among young people

A new Cass scheme aimed at boosting higher education participation among disadvantaged young people has been run for the first time.

Twenty pupils aged 12 to 14 from inner London boroughs took part in a finance taster course known as the Generating Genius Finance School.

Funded with £2,000 from BNY Mellon, the three-day course was run by Cass academics and professional staff together with the education charity, Generating Genius.

Among the activities the students took part in was an interactive trading game where they competed in teams to make the biggest profit using Cass's in-house trading simulator.

The pupils also spent a day visiting Bloomberg and BNY Mellon where they toured the trading floor, learnt about foreign exchange trading and talked with staff about careers in finance.

Other activities on the course included an interactive careers workshop, a tour of City University led by current students and a lecture and debate on financial ethics.

Paola Barbarino, Director of Development at Cass, said: "As a leading international business school, we have a duty to help widen and promote participation in higher education. This course was an excellent way to help young people learn more about a career in finance and university life in general. We hope it inspires more students to continue on to higher education, especially those who may not have considered it before."

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