NYA is working with the Money Advice Service’s What Works Fund to improve the financial know-how of young people taking their first steps on the career ladder with its My Money Now programme.
The workshops, which are designed specifically for Apprentices or those young people who are starting their career , have benefitted over 70 young people already, covering aspects of finance such as avoiding fraud, how to read a bank statement as well as exploring their own attitudes to money – both spending it and saving it.
At the end of the six hours of training, the young people are invited to make a pledge about things they might want to change or action.
To date young people’s pledges indicate a change of attitude to money, with comments including: “I waste so much money on things I don’t need – I will watch my spending” and “I am going to open a separate account to put in any left over money so I keep things separate in terms of bills and stuff then things I want like clothes and holidays.”
Jodie Lees, My Money Now Project Manager, said “Our training is focused on young people exploring and learning with each other. Conversations, debate and discussions are full and the young people bounce ideas off one another and are challenged by different attitudes. Many of them come out with a different view to when they entered.”
If you are an organisation who works with young people aged 16-21 and would benefit from this free training opportunity then please get in touch. If you do not have a group we can also offer individual young people spaces on one of our open sessions. Download a booking form here or contact Jodie Lees, Project Manager, on JodieL@nya.org.uk or 07880 389 446.