A GROUP of transition year students from Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School have taken their first steps towards a career in finance with the opening of the school's new credit union.
The school credit union opened for business on Friday under the management of an eight-strong team of fourth year students who were selected to run the branch after being interviewed by members of Tralee Credit Union who will oversee the group's work.
The students, who will run the credit union for the rest of the year, spent weeks preparing for its official opening including several days doing in-house training at Tralee Credit Union's head office on Ashe Street.
Having only opened for business at lunchtime on Friday the school credit union, which offers services for all students from first year to sixth year, has already attracted a large number of members. "We were delighted with the calibre of students who expressed an interest in running the school's credit union and it is a great opportunity for us to educate the youth on the operating principles and the credit union concept," said Tralee Credit Union Youth Development Officer Orla O'Shea.