The workshop was part of the SKILL! programme created by Patrick Philpott from Visionpath Education, which helps students develop work-related skills such as collaboration, communication, clear thinking and creativity.
Each workshop saw the students separated into groups and challenged to come up with an innovative business concept, with the Aldermore mentors on hand to help them develop their ideas during the course of the day. This activity culminated in the groups pitching their ideas to a panel of business experts in the ‘Tiger’s Cage’.
The winners from Loreto High School, Chorlton came up with the inventive ‘Nan-Slam’ idea. ‘Nan-Slam’ is a website and app where friends and family can view gift lists that individuals can set up for birthday or Christmas presents. The site allows gift-givers the ability to compare the best prices online and purchase their gifts. The runners up, also from Loreto High School, presented a watch called ‘Chatch’ which uses kinetic energy whilst on your wrist to store energy which can then be uses to charge other devices such as mobile phones.
Aldermore has partnered with SKILL! for the past three years. The programme offers an opportunity for young people to learn first-hand from experienced business mentors, gaining confidence and practical skills such as presentation techniques and teamwork.
This was the fourth SKILL! workshop this year with the three previous events taking place in Reading, Peterborough and Manchester. 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.
Becky Graham, Year 10 Pastoral Leader at Loreto High School, said “Our pupils have really enjoyed the opportunity to show off their entrepreneurial flair and the pupils are very excited to be in the grand final. This was an invaluable experience as they begin to think about the world of work.”
Local MP for Manchester Withington Jeff Smith said “This is an excellent opportunity for local young people to develop their new ideas and entrepreneurial skills. I'd like to wish the pupils from Loreto High School good luck representing our city in the national final".
Carol Harrison, Brand Manager at Aldermore, said “We have seen some fantastic ideas here today. Our staff always enjoy giving something back to the local community in Manchester and relished the chance to mentor such enthusiastic pupils, some of whom will no doubt go on to be the entrepreneurs of the future.”
Please find below a selection of photographs from the event.
For more information on SKILL! please visit their website here.
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