Kildare students win first place in AIB Build A Bank Challenge event

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Kildare students win first place in AIB Build A Bank Challenge event
17:16 Friday 15th of March 2019
ABOVE: Emily Ormond, Aoife Moloney, Aoife Quill, Nadine Monks-Gill, Molly Shields, Jeff Buckley from Confey College in County Kildare with Fiona Dunning, AIB Kildare, Rita Reynolds, Teacher.

Students from Confey College in Leixlip won first place at the AIB Build A Bank Challenge National Final in the RDS, one of the longest running schools programmes for Transition and 5th Year students across Ireland.  The students were awarded the title as well as €5,000 for their school for their entry entitled MABC (Martial Arts Bank Confey) .  This year the AIB Build A Bank Challenge saw 2,000 students from schools across Ireland lend their support to over 100 teams that took part in the final hosted by Anna Geary.

The AIB Build a Bank Challenge is a year-long programme for Transition and 5th Year students, giving them the opportunity to run an operational bank while exploring innovation, creativity and business management. Now in its 17th year, the AIB Build A Bank Challenge saw over 600 students from more than 100 schools across Ireland taking part in the final this year.

The programme also encourages students to give back to their school and community, with participating teams engaging with their local communities and a variety of charities including Pieta House, Focus Ireland, the Irish Heart Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul and Autism Ireland.

Speaking on behalf of AIB, Mark Doyle, AIB Chief Marketing Officer said, ‘Since the AIB Build A Bank Challenge was introduced in 2002, it has continued to evolve as a programme, engaging with thousands of students across Ireland.  Every year we are blown away by the creativity and hard work demonstrated by all the students, and this year has been no exception.  The national final in the RDS Dublin has been a thrilling end to a year-long journey for over 600 students who took part in the programme.’

The AIB Build A Bank Challenge runs throughout the full curriculum year and enables its participants to develop business management tools, using their creativity and innovation in establishing their bank.  An extremely popular programme with both teachers and students, the AIB Build A Bank Challenge inspires students to develop key business skills for senior level examinations and future endeavours.

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