Green MSP, Ross Greer has put forward a parliamentary motion to recognise an Innovative Schools Project, in which 1st Alliance (Ayrshire) Credit Union is involved in.
The project, in partnership with 1st Alliance Credit Union, was launched back in March as part of the Innovative Schools Project – involving Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Ayrshire and The Prince’s Trust Scotland. It is also, in response to the closure of the town’s high street banks and will allow 1st Alliance Credit Union to have a facility within the school for pupils, their families and local residents to use.
The pupils will work alongside 1st Alliance to develop their employability skills, financial knowledge and develop community links. The group will also be working towards qualifications in customer service, literacy and numeracy, volunteering and development.
Ross Greer MSP said: “Credit unions are essential for a growing number of people, especially with high street bank branches closing quickly across the country.
“What the pupils and staff at Kilwinning Academy have done is fantastic and should be recognised nationally.”
Walter Smith, Prince’s Trust Ayrshire Chair said: “We are proud to be associated with this extremely innovative project which will develop both important financial skills and the soft skills that potential employers are looking for in young people including communication, commitment, customer service and courtesy.”
The Innovative Schools project is a partnership between Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Ayrshire and The Prince’s Trust Scotland, and encourages school pupils to get involved in innovative activities which will help them develop employability skills.