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Peterborough students gain entrepeneurial skills thanks to mentoring competition

POSTED: 23rd June 2015
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Aldermore has been helping to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurial talent by supporting an enterprise workshop at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough.

The workshop was part of the SKILL! programme created by Patrick Philpott which helps students develop work skills such as collaboration, communication, clear thinking and creativity.

Each workshop sees the students separated into groups and challenged to come up with an innovative business concept, with mentors from Aldermore on hand to help them develop their ideas during the course of the day. This activity culminates in the groups pitching their ideas to a panel of business experts in the ‘Tiger’s Cage’, where an overall winner is chosen. The winning group from Nene Park Academy came up with the inventive idea ‘Thumb-Lock Unlock’, an alternative to using a key to unlock your front door based on fingerprint recognition. 

Aldermore has partnered with SKILL! for the past three years. The programme offers a unique opportunity for young people to learn first-hand from experienced business mentors, gaining confidence and practical skills such as presentation techniques and teamwork.

Steve Howard, Principal at Nene Park Academy, said “We welcome Aldermore’s support in staging the SKILL! event here at Nene Park Academy. Our pupils have really enjoyed the opportunity to show off their entrepreneurial flair in a team environment with support from Aldermore’s business experts. For the pupils, this experience is invaluable, not only as they look towards finishing their GCSEs, but ultimately for when they enter the world of work.”

Rob Lankey, Director of Group Distribution at Aldermore, said “We have seen some fantastic ideas here at Nene Park Academy today. It is a real joy to see the pupils coming together with some really innovative ideas whilst practising essential skills that they will need when they finish their education. Our staff always enjoy giving something back to the local community here in Peterborough and relished the chance to mentor such enthusiastic pupils, some of whom will no doubt go on to be the entrepreneurs of the future.” 

Aldermore has two further SKILL! workshops planned later this year. These will take place in Reading and Manchester where the Bank also has offices. The winning pupils from each school will receive additional mentoring from Aldermore staff ahead of the grand final in London during Global Entrepreneurial Week in November. There the winning pupils will battle it out to be crowned the 2015 champions.

Please find attached a selection of photographs from the event showing the students interacting with their Aldermore mentors.

For more information on SKILL! please visit their website here.

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David Perkins, PR Assistant
Phone:             0203 553 4291
Mobile:            07540 961839
Email:              david.perkins@aldermore.co.uk

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