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first for Concord students taking part in The National Skills Challenge

Friday February 8, 2019

For the first time, Concord students have taken part in The National Skills Challenge – a real-life business challenge for school and college students. The challenge, in association with NatWest and UCFB (University Campus of Football Business) aims to develop the key employability skills required for the world of work, including teamwork, communication and leadership. Concord’s Form 5 and 6.1 students were invited to take part in the voluntary challenge on Wednesday afternoon and an impressive 58 students took part. In teams of up to 5, students were required to research, plan and pitch a proposal for a major new business opportunity on the continent of Asia. Specifically, the students had to create a new study campus in Asia for UCFB. Concord’s Student Futures Officer, Mrs Helen Povey said: “Prior to the event, students signed up and were designated different roles based on their preferred skills sets, fitting with their university aspirations. “The categories consisted of 1) Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, 2) Art, Design and Architecture, 3) PR, Marketing, Journalism and Media, and 4) Economics, Accounting and Finance.” The only rule of the challenge was that the campus must be based at a football stadium in the country that the students choose, and later justified in the team’s pitch. Dr Rob Pugh, Assistant Principal (Careers and University Admissions) said: “Concord students delivered an array of exciting project proposals, but only one team could make the finals. “Congratulations to Farouk, Ben, Katherine and Scott who have been invited to attend the National Finals at Bishopsgate in London in April, to pitch their idea to industry experts. “There will be a fifth team member added for the final, to be decided.” Mrs Povey added: “This challenge has given our students the opportunity to experience a business environment and develop attributes that employers find particularly desirable like research, teamwork and presentation skills. “These are skills that are becoming increasingly valuable to universities. “Should the team win the final, they will even have the opportunity to take up an internship at NatWest this summer, which would be extremely valuable to any university applications.”