Child Trust Funds - know what they are? If you are turning 18, you should


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MyPocketSkill mission is to hep Gen Zs to become more financially capable. We do so by enabling them to earn, save and learn about money. So it is good to know that as of September 2020 those turning 18 are now able to access their Child Trust Funds. Let…


Helping to Build Financial Capabilities of Young People in the Time of Covid-19


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The past few months have fuelled an ongoing public discussion surrounding youth employment, the challenges for future generations and priorities for government in addressing the demands of these "unprecedented times" (there we said it). As a co…


MyPocketSkill Skills Day 2020


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Last month, we spent time preparing our Skills Video for National Skills Day on May 20th, organised by National Careers Week. It was a brilliant way to work with our team of teens and showcase their talents and what they offer on our platform. From danci…


Student Ambassador Spotlight: Charlotte Wills, East Sussex


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Hello, my name is Charlotte - I am 17 years old, currently in my second year of college studying IT, textiles and graphic design at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC). I am a student ambassador at MyPocketSkill.My role includes tasks …


Student Ambassador Spotlight: Charlotte Frankl, Hertfordshire


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Hi! My name is Charlotte, I’m 16 and I’m an A level student studying Art, Computer Science and Psychology. As well as this, I am a brand ambassador for MyPocketSkill. What is a brand ambassador? I hear you ask..?We are responsible for the promotion of th…


Student Ambassador Spotlight: Lola Yuille-Clough, Kent


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Hi! I’m Lola, I’m 18 and from Kent. I’ve just finished my A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. As a student ambassador I am involved in promoting MyPocketSkill’s latest exciting campaigns as well as sharing it with my followers on a variety of platf…


COVID-19: How are teenagers coping? With inspiration and innovation..


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It’s been a remarkable few months so far, to say the least. It seems there is a question mark hanging over a lot of aspects of everyone’s lives at the moment, and this feeling has become almost familiar. For students who were in the thick of exam prepara…


Three new (year) rules that will form good financial habits for my kids


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As a family we are not into New Year resolutions (apparently 80% of them fail and we are never that well organised!) and more into trying to introduce behaviours that build habits over time. The important point with behaviour change is to keep things sim…


So, do you want your kids to make a difference?


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As a generation of parents, we need to admit that we took our eyes of the ball - from climate change, to Trump, to Brexit - we have allowed these things to happen to us and our children.  We can construct a complex analysis as to why; the truth is there …


How do you nurture financial capability in children and young people?


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​It's a question worth asking. Many financial habits and attitudes to money develop at an early age but, as recently highlighted by the UK's Financial Capability Strategy, too few children and young people are fully equipped with the mindset an…


What is the best age to start volunteering? We say start young!


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Picture courtesy of parkrun St AlbansAs a family we love parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5k run, managed by a network of volunteers. All four of us run most weeks and both of my kids benefit immensely. Not only does it help their fitness levels - at 6 ye…


Inspirational teens series: Phoebe Shergold-Willis



In this week’s guest ‘Inspiring teens’ blog we feature Phoebe Shergold-Willis. Phoebe is Director and Founder of St Albans School of Acting (SASA) which she started when she was 19. This is Phoebe’s story.I was born and brought up in East London and I mo…


Babysitting: let us think outside the box



As schools break up for long Easter holidays, arranging childcare is necessity for most parents. While there are a variety of clubs out there, hiring a (teenage) babysitter, in particularly as a wrap around care, can be an option worth considering. Accor…


Pocket money revolution: how can teens earn pocket money



In a world seemingly full of encouragement for young people to make their entrepreneurial mark, it seems that there are still surprisingly few ways for today’s teenagers to earn pocket money. And opportunities that are out there are not plentiful or flex…


Debate: Will a lie-in help to improve my teenager's grades?



It sounds like a dream combination – enjoy an hour’s lie-in, start school at 9.25 rather than 8.25 and then do better at your exams. What’s not to like? But this is not purely the product of a teenager's optimistic daydream, it’s a consultation th…


From tasks to start-ups … how young entrepreneurs really start...



I have been running MyPocketSkill, the start-up focused on connecting young people, aged 13-19, with paid and volunteering opportunities, for the last 9 months. Our aim is to tool-up teens with real-life skills. Then there is a host of other potential b…


Skills Development 1: What practical steps can I take to improve my chances of securing a place at a medical school



As the statistics would have it, in 2015 there were 82,034 applicants for 7,424 places to study medicine in the UK with some schools reporting as many as 1000 applicants for 50 places. Those odds look daunting. Whilst getting high grades and demonstratin…