From 20 to 31 August 2012, BGL BNP Paribas organised its first Summer School for secondary school students in Luxembourg. The purpose of this innovative concept is to encourage youngsters to think about their future by introducing them to professionals from a broad range of sectors who want to share their enthusiasm and are willing to get off the beaten track.

During the two-week event, 22 students met outstanding researchers, top athletes, passionate craftspeople, innovative entrepreneurs and other professionals with an original approach to their jobs. They also increased their knowledge of new technologies, learned more about teamwork and raised their awareness of various social issues.

In addition to the topics covered during the fortnight, the students attended “good-to-know” classes to learn fundamentals that will be useful throughout their lives, including public speaking, first aid and the basics of self-defence.

The classes were presented by more than 50 speakers, including prominent personalities from outside the company and in-house professionals with a special commitment to the subjects taught.

Karin Schintgen, Head of Social Responsibility and External Relations at BGL BNP Paribas, explains: “The Summer School is part of the bank's Social Business project, which aims to set up a Future Lab in Luxembourg that contributes to the development of new technological ideas and know-how thanks to a business incubator and a training platform. We hope the event will open up new prospects and motivate young people to play an active part in their own futures by instilling two qualities: business sense and a quest for excellence.”

Given the highly encouraging results of this first session, as well as BGL BNP Paribas' role as a banking partner to young people, BGL BNP Paribas has already decided to pursue the Summer School and develop its concept.

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