SRC students gain a ‘Capital Experience’

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Friday, December 21st, 2012
Twenty three students aged 16 to 19 from Southern Regional College School of Computing and Business headed to London recently to get a taste of life at Bain and Company and Amrop Augmentum, two of Britain’s most influential organisations, and to boost their networking and employability skills. The eye-opening visit was part of a day-long event, ‘A Capital Experience’, organised by aspiration-raising business-education charity Career Academies UK. The day involved around 1,300 students from across the UK, as well as over 75 leading London-based employers such as AstraZeneca, AXA, Barclays, Clifford Chance LLP, Lloyds Banking Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Fujitsu, RSA, Royal Mail and Santander. In the morning, Bain and Company and Amrop Augmentum provided the Southern Regional College students with a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how the organisations worked, including a workplace tour. After the visit, all the groups made their way to the Royal Festival Hall, where they got the chance to network with other young people from across the UK, taking part in the programme and participate in business-related activities to boost their employability skills. During the afternoon, they also received valuable advice from motivational speaker Action Jackson; adventurer Tori James, who was in the first ever all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a grueling 360 mile race to the magnetic North Pole; and Career Academies UK Chair, Heather McGregor. The afternoon was led by Master of Ceremonies Lee Jackson, the UK’s most experienced school and college motivational speaker and author of ‘How to be Sick [great] at School’. ‘A Capital Experience’ is the biggest national one-day event in the Career Academy calendar and kicks off the two-year programme for young people taking part. Southern Regional College has been running the programme at the college for four years.
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