Year 11 Economics students participating in the CBA Partner a Class program had their first big ‘test’ this morning, presenting to their classmates, CBA executive staff and BSSC Alumnus, Riley Hillier, who was the inaugural recipient of the Partner a Class Scholarship in 2017.

Students have been working in teams for the past few weeks to create presentations on the history of the CBA, privatisation, and the Royal Commission into banks.

Today they received invaluable feedback from Senior Manager of Market Positioning and Engagement, Andrew Roberts, CommBank Analyst, Adam Rose, and Riley who now works as a Customer Support Officer for the Bendigo Bank.

Economics teacher, Steve Boyle, said it was a great learning experience for the students.

“The program not only helps develop their presenting skills, but also their knowledge of the business and finance sector.

“These young economists are building leadership capacity and will face new challenges throughout semester two.”

Riley Hillier, who knows exactly what the students are going through, spoke to them about his own journey from BSSC, first receiving a traineeship from the Bendigo Bank, then earning ongoing full-time employment.

“The skills I learnt through Partner a Class definitely gave me confidence when I made the transition from school to working at the bank,” he said. “Take all the advice onboard and make the most of every opportunity.”

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