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teenager from Coventry is praising a mentoring scheme designed to inspire professionals of the future.


17-year-old Rachel Dowdy is coming to the end of a two year programme organised by her school, Cardinal Wiseman, which has seen her paired up with mentor Karen Wootton, contract manager at national green services company, Glendale.


Karen was asked by the school if she would be a willing participant in its Inspire Programme, which gives students studying law or business the chance to get valuable industry expertise from experienced business professionals. As a mentor, Karen has spent the past two years advising Rachel, helping to build her confidence and guiding her through the process of achieving her qualifications. Karen said: “I’ve worked with the school for the past four years to provide work experience to its pupils and was only too happy to get involved in its Inspire Programme. I feel it is important for us as a company to give something back to the community we work in and a scheme like this can really benefit youngsters.


“For young women it’s really important for them to see their futures in both business and


law, as many often lack confidence in their own abilities, and so I was really pleased to be paired with Rachel and impart all that I have learned over the years. I certainly saw that in Rachel at the beginning. Now though, her confidence has grown significantly and the transformation in her is fantastic.” As part of the programme Rachel also spent four weeks on a paid work placement at Glendale, where she shadowed various aspects of the business.


Rachel said: “Taking part in the scheme has really opened my eyes about the business world and I learned an awful lot from my time at Glendale and from Karen.


“I was expecting to just be making the tea and filing during my work placement, but she gave me loads of responsibility. I even got to go out with a grounds maintenance crew to see the kind of work Glendale does for its clients.”


Once she completes her A-levels, Rachel is aiming to attend Cardiff University to take a business and management studies degree. She added: “I’m really looking forward to starting my course at university and putting everything I’ve learned from Karen and Glendale into practice.”


Enterprising students celebrate team award


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usiness students at Hereward College in Tile Hill are celebrating after receiving the accolade of Best Team Programme at the Coventry and Warwickshire's Young Enterprise awards.


The local ceremony was attended by three student representatives from Hereward who wowed the judges, showcasing work from their college module, Exploring Futures. Their diverse and innovative business schemes included reusable bags, ladybird paper weights and handmade boxes with surprise gifts included, aptly named ‘Box of Surprises'.


The awards are run by Young Enterprise, the UK's leading business and enterprise education charity offering a range of programmes and activities for young people aged 4 to 25 years in schools, colleges and universities. These programmes aim to inspire the next generation with the confidence, ability and ambition to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. Hereward's Business Facilitator Ingrid Terry said "The judges were really impressed by the students' innovation and attention to detail. All of our students on the Exploring Futures module work really hard together so this award is very much reflective of the efforts they have all contributed.


“Our representatives at the Young Enterprise awards were very professional and presented their products excellently to the judges; we are all very proud of their great achievement".


Tyneside Schoolboys gain top marks from Education Minister T


wo Tyneside schoolboys saw off competition from across the country to put a Government minister in the interview hot seat.


Oliver French and Aidan Nylander, both Year 9 pupils at Newcastle School for Boys (NSB), Gosforth, were among just 12 School Reporters from across England picked to take part in a special project at Broadcasting House in London as part of the eighth annual BBC News School Report News Day in March.


NSB’s budding reporters were chosen from 30,000 pupils reporting from their schools after impressing BBC bosses with the questions they submitted for Education Secretary Michael Gove MP.


The two young hacks quizzed the MP on a variety of issues such as changes to GCSE and A level courses, syllabus content and access to university places.


Along with the chance to interview Mr Gove MP, the boys received a masterclass from newsreader Fiona Bruce and visited the News 24 studio to see news being received and relayed live.


Aidan Nylander said “It was a great opportunity to meet the person who controls my education and I really enjoyed meeting Fiona Bruce.


She was so professional in front of the camera and she told us not to just accept Mr. Gove’s answer to our questions straightaway if we didn’t think the answer was correct.”


“We’re incredibly proud of Oliver and Aidan,” said NSB headmaster David Tickner. “Their insightful and intelligent questions not only made an impression on the BBC but really gave the Education Minister food for thought. They were a credit to the school.”


10 www.education-today.co.uk May 2014


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