The AIB Build a Bank Challenge

Programme Overview:


The AIB Build A Bank Challenge sees a team of six selected students setting up and managing a bank in their schools with the full support of a dedicated AIB Student Officer. The students get involved in everything from developing a business plan, branding their school bank and engaging with their community and customers through creative marketing campaigns.



All competing students will be invited to participate in the AIB Build A Bank National Final where they will receive professional feedback on their hard work and ultimately be in with the chance of being crowned Build A Bank Champions and win €5,000 for their school.


Benefits for the Students & the School:


The AIB Build A Bank Challenge links directly to the Business Studies Curriculum and is an excellent, practical preparation for learning about setting up and running a business. Participating students will be involved in all aspects of banking such as sourcing new customers, encouraging regular savings and providing ongoing customer service – everything it takes to run a bank! Students will learn a variety of life-long skills including interview experience, presentation skills, relationship management, financial education and marketing techniques. In addition to this, AIB will provide full support to each school by having a dedicated Student Officer available to enable the students to be innovative & creative with an emphasis on engaging with their local communities.


Here's What the Teachers Have To Say:

"The AIB Build A Bank Challenge takes on a life of its own. Everybody: students, staff and parents get involved! It’s such a great experience.” – Secondary School Teacher

“The student have really built on their confidence, leadership skills, motivational skills & their communication and interpersonal skills – which will all benefit them in the working world when they finish school.” – Secondary School Teacher

AIB Build A Bank Challenge won ‘Best Award Ceremony’ at the 2017 Event Industry Awards