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Zurich helps students get passionate about numbers as it backs first ever National Numeracy Day

May 15, 2018

Insurer is partnering with Holly Lodge High School, Birmingham to deliver ‘Financial Literacy’ skills - part of its wider ‘Youth Skills’ schools programme 

At Zurich we’re proud to be supporting the first ever National Numeracy Day, celebrating numeracy and helping people gain greater confidence with numbers.

As a leading insurance company, and employer of thousands of people in the UK, Zurich understands how important numeracy is to our everyday lives and we’re working with schools across the UK to help raise the standard of financial literacy.

Holly Lodge School - Financial Numeracy lessonsThe company has recently partnered with Holly Lodge High School, Smethwick, Birmingham (pictured left) to deliver its Financial Literacy module, helping 11-17yrs old gain a better understanding of risk and financial literacy with its bespoke ‘Financial Literacy’ training module.  

Zurich volunteers (pictured right) from its Hagley Road office are helping deliver it’s three-hour financial literacy module to Holly Lodge Year 7 pupils on a class-by-class basis, covering everything from the basics of bank accounts to budgeting using practical numeracy exercises to help students feel more comfortable working with numbers and figures.

Volunteers also help Holly Lodge students explore career opportunities within the insurance industry, helping prepare young people for the increasingly competitive and fast-changing world of work and to help motivate young people to consider careers in insurance, supporting them in making informed choices about their future.

Joe Preistley and volunteers at Holly Lodge ScgoolComments Paul Shone head teacher, Holly Lodge High School, “We’ve only been working with Zurich for a short time but we can already see the real benefit from bringing a fresh business perspective into the classroom environment.  It’s another great way of engaging our students in numbers which complements our everyday teaching. We look forward to further success as more students benefit from Zurich’s support in the coming months.

Sophie Timms, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Zurich UK, added, Zurich is backing National Numeracy Day because we believe this campaign can help make a real difference in changing people’s perceptions around numbers, something which we’re already involved with at Zurich through our Youth Skills schools programme, which providing financial literacy support to students across the UK”.

“We’ve already helped over a thousand students become more financially literate since launching the programme less than two years ago and are always looking for new ways we can inspire more young people to become passionate about numbers.

“We urge other organisations across the UK to get involved with the campaign and helps us improve numeracy levels across the UK”.


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About National Numeracy Day

National Numeracy Day is a celebration of numbers and how we use them in everyday life. It brings together individuals, employers, educators and supporters from across the UK to show the importance of numbers and the benefits of using them more effectively.

National Numeracy Day encourages people to feel curious about how numbers can benefit them, know how they can develop their numeracy skills and be confident that they can improve.

The campaign is run by the UK charity National Numeracy. The first National Numeracy Day is on 16th May and has been created with founding supporter KPMG and with support from Cisco, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Experian, Education Scotland & the Scottish Government, Health Education England (NHS), M&G Investments, NS&I, Provident Financial Group, NatWest, TP ICAP, Ufi Charitable Trust and Virgin Money, who all share our belief that we are all #numberspeople.  

Find out more at www.numeracyday.com