Students cash in on finance skills

TWEED River High School students Evan Morris and Katherine Alford have been awarded places at the prestigious UBS Finance Academy.

Evan and Katherine will join 49 other Year 11 students, chosen from a broad cross-section of public schools in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria, for a week-long, fully subsidised residential program at Macquarie University.

The Tweed River High students will take part in a program which aims to give the students a practical understanding of global financial markets and highlight the wide range of finance-related career opportunities available to them.

Marion Heale of the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals said Katherine and Evan are fortunate to be part of such a prestigious program.

“We are extremely pleased that UBS is hosting its eighth annual Finance Academy. The Finance Academy allows students to gain an insight into the world of investment banking, opening up career opportunities while forging new relationships with talented mentors and fellow peers,” Ms Heale said.

Over the five days the students will listen to, and interact with, key industry players as well as gaining a practical knowledge of financial markets through workshops, “day-in-the-life” presentations, and field visits to a live trading floor and the CNBC Television studios.

UBS chief executive officer Mathew Grounds said Evan and Katherine were among a number of talented students selected for the program.

“In holding the event we continue our commitment to developing the future talent in the Australia’s finance sector, and believe that the 50 students gathered this year represent the most outstanding secondary students across the country,” Mr Grounds said.

“We hope that the program educates and enlightens the students as well as helping them to develop the necessary skills needed to be well-rounded individuals.”

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