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 the AIB Build A Bank National Final in the RDS on March 25th 2020 where they will experience an amazing day out, meet other school bank teams, receive proper and 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