Building SMART skills for better financial futures

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Arrow Global starts a new partnership with JA Europe to equip thousands of young people in Europe with financial literacy skills.

ArrowArrow Global volunteers after their Balancing Act programme with students from Assumption Secondary School, Dublin 12

Today, it is more important than ever before that young people leave school with a good understanding of financial literacy. To help them make responsible and informed decisions as consumers of financial services, Arrow Global PLC has teamed up with Junior Achievement Europe to deliver financial education across six countries in Europe.

Based on successful partnerships with JAI and JA Portugal, Arrow Global decided to expand the programme to the UK, Albania, Italy and the Netherlands Commenting on the partnership with JA Europe, Lee Rochford, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “I’m delighted Arrow is partnering with Junior Achievement Europe to equip around 2,200 young people with vital employability and financial literacy skills. This is perfectly aligned with our Group-wide Purpose, which is to build better financial futures for our customers but also the communities where we operate. I’m excited by this partnership and that over 200 of our employees will benefit from helping young people.”

arrow 3Arrow Global volunteer Claire Stapleton presents a student with her Certificate of AchievementTo celebrate the expansion of the partnership, students from Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 participated in the Balancing Act financial literacy programme led by volunteers from Arrow Global’s Dublin office.

As a leading European credit and asset management business, Arrow Global purpose is to Build Better Financial Futures for all its stakeholders including communities where it operates. Arrow Global considers financial education as an essential life skill that makes young people more attractive to employers, as well as essential to take responsible financial decisions as adults. By involving schools in those six countries, JA programmes run throughout the year and help young people understand the link between good financial skills and a successful business or professional life.

At JA, we see financial literacy as a key skill that supports long-term outcomes like entrepreneurship and employability. We aim to ensure financial education becomes part of the curriculum within entrepreneurship education modules. Eventually, skills-based volunteering schemes like this one with Arrow Global contributes to bridging the financial skills gap and equip young people to succeed in a global economy,” added Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe.

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