YOUNG business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future from The Sixth Form College, Solihull graduated from the employer-led Career Academy programme at London’s Institute of Education last week.
The students are all studying on a BTEC Extended Diploma in Business course at the College and joined the College’s Career Academy programme 18 months ago.
The national programme is run by Career Academies UK and aims to tackle social mobility and raise the aspirations of 16 to 19-year-olds, boosting their employability skills by giving them real life experiences of the workplace.
In total, over 750 young people, drawn from 81 schools and colleges across the UK, will have graduated from the programme this year in three ceremonies held in London and Leeds.
The Sixth Form College, Solihull’s first cohort of Business Career Academy students have benefitted from over 15 guru lectures, 15 visits to a variety of businesses and 10 internships during their time in the programme.
The six-week paid internships were at Coventry Building Society, the Village Hotel, Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants, accountancy firm BDO, Chiltern Railways and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The students have also each had a business mentor.
Their involvement in the Career Academy began in 2009 at ‘A Capital Experience’ in London. Guest speaker at that event was Action Jackson and he was again in London last week to offer his congratulations as the students graduated.
Meanwhile BBC journalist and presenter Evan Davies also congratulated the students on their success. He drew from his experiences of presenting “Dragon’s Den” and new BBC series “Business Nightmares” and offered the graduates four tips for the future; not to be afraid to make mistakes, to be able to admit and learn from these mistakes, to be humble and finally, to take the pride from when life is going really well and to hold this for when times are tough.