A team of enterprising Creative Media students from Gower College Swansea has impressed the judges in the first round of the Lloyds TSB Money for Life Challenge, a competition designed to inspire better money management skills.
Team Chop Chop – otherwise known as students Kayleigh Rochard, Rebekah Hernandez-Rees, Tesni Bowbanks and Zoe Jagoe-Williams – have been named runners up and will meet 11 other teams at Cardiff City Stadium on 23 April, where they will showcase their Money for Life Challenge project.
The Gower College Swansea team was one of 250 projects in the UK to receive a £500 grant in December. The team has since put their project into action as money saving experts by creating a website that includes articles and tutorial videos for a student’s guide to university.
As runners up, they are invited to present their project in the showcase alongside five finalists, after which the audience will have the opportunity to vote for a People’s Prize winner. Two representatives from this team will also be invited to London to compete for the People’s Prize, where they could win £1500 for a charity of their choice and £100 in shopping vouchers.
“As a group we've learned to develop and progress our own idea to help students save money when it comes to buying food,” explains Kayleigh. “The whole experience has been very enjoyable working together - developing our cooking skills and sharing these recipes, which are tasty and affordable, for students. We are now looking forward to going to Cardiff and showcasing our idea to the public. We're all so glad to have had the opportunity to take part in this competition and hope to continue to help even more young people enjoy and cook tasty meals on a budget.”
“Taking part in this project has enabled the students to gain those all important enterprise skills in managing a project, teamwork and innovation,” says Lucy Turtle, the college’s Enterprise Officer. “Team Chop Chop have been fantastic ambassadors for Gower College Swansea and here’s hoping we have a good chance of winning the People’s Prize in Wales final on 23rd April.”
Sarah Porretta, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “The Money for Life Challenge is a brilliant opportunity for young people to tackle money management issues head-on and devise projects to help improve financial awareness for their family, friends and local communities. Gower College Swansea should be so proud of what they have achieved with their project and we look forward to seeing them at the Wales final of the Money for Life Challenge.”
Money for Life Challenge is part of the Money for Life programme, a unique partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and further education sector partners in the four nations of the UK, including Colleges Wales and the National Training Federation for Wales.
The competition aims to find the most successful and innovative ways to improve the money management skills of learners, their friends, families and communities. Team members are between 16 and 24 years old and in further education, work based learning or adult community learning.
The Wales shortlisted finalists are: Grow and Save from ITEC Training Solutions, a community based project that aims to encourage people to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs to help them save money; Sk8 Swap Shop from Carmarthen Youth Project, which aims to promote money management through a swap shop, inviting members of the community to their event to swap their stuff; Rampart Rebels from Employment Training Centre in Swansea, a project that aims to inform the public about loan sharks in Swansea; Swimming with the Sharks from Neath Port Talbot College, raising awareness of the dangers of lending money from loan sharks and providing information on alternative ways to borrow money; and Quit and Sav£ from Caerphilly, raising awareness on the financial benefits of giving up smoking.
For more information on the Money for Life Challenge, please go to www.moneyforlifechallenge.org.uk or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moneyforlifeuk and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/moneyforlifeuk
Pictured L-R are: Rebekah, Tesni, Kayleigh and Zoe