Five students from the Grammar School are undertaking the Certificate for Introduction to Securities and Investments, thanks to sponsorship from Collins Stewart Wealth Management.
This will be the first class of students to complete the qualification locally and Collins Stewart hopes there will be continued interest. The course covers financial markets, equities, bonds, derivatives, funds, regulation and investments all of which are important concepts for young people to understand, especially if they intend to work in the extensive local finance industry.
Completion of the certificate allows students to claim up to 60 UCAS tariff points, equivalent to an A grade AS-level. It can also be utilised as the first unit towards the Investment Operations Certificate or Investment Administration Qualification which are recognised by employers throughout the sector.
Head of Collins Stewart in Guernsey, Charlie Roger, says it’s important that young people locally have a basic knowledge of financial products.
“We’re proud to be supporting the financial education of sixth formers which will assist them in later life and possibly in their careers too. Whilst we believe that knowing the basics is a necessity, we also hope that some students will discover a new interest and pursue the topics with further study,” he said.