Entrepreneurs from Rogerstone School Take on the Young Apprentice Challenge

23 November 2015

Rogerstone Cafe Apprentice

Not content with watching the Apprentice action unfold on their TV screens, a group of young entrepreneurs from Rogerstone School stepped into the shoes of the brightest and best in the country and tried their luck at pitching ideas to members of Monmouthshire Building Society’s board.

Rogerstone School set up their successful youth café back in 2013, pioneering a unique business model that has attracted attention from other schools across the UK due to its groundbreaking inclusion of aspects of the school curriculum, such as literacy, numeracy and health and safety, in a real-life business environment.

The school children aren’t satisfied with simply making profits and devising innovative learning methods though, and they’ve been inspired to look to Alan Sugar for inspiration and hone their budding business skills.

The event saw seven school children conduct a presentation, pitching a business plan to Andrew Lewis, the Society’s Chief Executive, who quite easily took on board the role of Lord Sugar, and also gave them the chance to ask pressing questions about how to be successful in the highly competitive UK business world.

To round off events, the school children were presented with a plaque by Mair Williams, Head of Underwriting at Monmouthshire Building Society, along with a cheque for £1,000 which will no doubt be put to good use by the budding entrepreneurs.

Mair commented: “We had a fantastic time meeting a group of such talented and enthusiastic young people, and I’m heartened by the drive and determination they all possess. The innovative use of the school curriculum, which has been put to use in a real business environment, provides an ideal platform to fully understand and appreciate subjects that don’t always come to life in a textbook.”

She continued: “Seeing how much effort has gone into the café, and their determination to raise the bar even higher, convinces me that we have some of the future stars of the business world right here on our doorstep, and if it was up to me they’d all be hired!”

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