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Over 60 pupils from secondary schools in Basingstoke took part in the annual Skillstree Business Challenge on 9th July at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke with the Aldworth School scooping first place.
Students from Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School, Everest Community Academy, Testbourne Community School, The Hurst Community College, The Costello School and Aldworth School, took part in the one day challenge which is designed to prepare students for working life and to increase their employability skillset.
This year, the event was sponsored by the Atomic Weapons Establishment who provided a real life business scenario for the students to work on. The challenge involved pupils designing a marketing campaign to improve the profile of AWE to young people. Students worked in teams and presented their ideas to a 'Dragon's Den' style of judges.
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr. Anne Court presented the prizes to the winning students from Aldworth school.
Jody Greene, Lead Teacher of Computing, Aldworth School, comments:
"The Skillstree Business Challenge provided students with real employability and skills testing techniques, which are extremely valuable as this helps them to prepare for the workplace. I'm extremely proud of the Aldworth students who took part and won the challenge. The quality of the work they produced was fantastic and we will look to hold similar events at our school in future."
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr. Anne Court comments:
"It was a pleasure to hear the presentations and jingles prepared by the students and to present the winning teams with their prizes. I was impressed by the quality of the work that they had all done throughout the day. Considering their age, they presented with confidence and professionalism. Well done to all the students that took part."
Linsey White, Corporate Communications Manager AWE, "All the students who took part really impressed the judges with their creative and thoughtful approach to the task. Many congratulations to the winning team from Aldworth School who produced an outstanding result. This Skillstree Business Challenge is a brilliant way of encouraging young people to develop the necessary skills, building confidence to prepare them for working life. AWE works actively with local schools and colleges and we hope the students taking part this year will feel inspired by the challenge."