College teams pitch their way through to national finals

"The challenge is all about developing the transferable skills of the young people who take part, inspiring them and preparing them for higher education and their future careers."

Helen Norman, Manager of Higher Horizons+ at Staffordshire University

Teams of young entrepreneurs battled it out at Staffordshire University for the chance to be crowned regional champions of The Natwest National Skills Challenge.

The prestigious event was the culmination of a project funded by Higher Horizons+ and delivered in six local colleges by Ben and Michael Dyer, graduates of the University, and the driving force behind The Inspirational Learning Group.

The evening was presented by ITV2 star Ben Hanlin but belonged to Newcastle and Stafford Colleges who took both the winners and runners up spot for their enterprising ideas which included a service for charging mobiles which impressed the judges.

The winners will now go onto the National Finals at Natwest HQ in London to compete at the National Finals for the chance to win an internship at Natwest.

Helen Norman, who manages the Higher Horizons+ NCOP project at Staffordshire University, said: “This was a great event befitting of all the hard work the young people have put into their business ideas. The challenge is all about developing the transferable skills of the young people who take part, inspiring them and preparing them for higher education and their future careers.

“We're delighted for the winning teams from Newcastle and Stafford College who will hopefully go all the way at the National Finals and bring the internship back to Staffordshire. We hope they keep in mind the words of our motivational speaker David Hyner about how to achieve their goals.”

The National Skills Challenge is being run in conjunction with Natwest and has seen the students working in teams on a challenge set by Natwest to create a new business using the resources of their college.

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