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Manchester success in National Student Apprentice final

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Manchester success in National Student Apprentice final

 

 

 

 

A team of four entrepreneurial Manchester students have won second prize in the National Student Apprentice final.

 

The final was held on 20 June at King’s College London, and it was their team that narrowly beat the Manchester team to first prize.

 

The Manchester team was BEconSc Economics student Greg Francini, BSc Psychology student Ryan Shoesmith, BSc International Management student Monique Anderson and BSc Biomedical Materials Science student Ndubuisi Uchea.


The six finalist teams faced a number of challenges - the first being a sales task with Mr Boho that looked into B2C and B2B sales. The next was an interview task with the British Bathroom Centre where teams had to help the business expand internationally. 

 

"The Student Apprentice has been a fantastic opportunity for us to learn new practical skills and challenge ourselves in the exciting world of business."

Ryan Shoesmith 


The teams were then set a rejection task by Caleb Meakins of ‘My 40 Days of Rejection’. They were set ten challenges in nine hours including appearing on a BBC film set, getting a shout-out on national radio and getting a date.

 

Finally, the teams were set a consultancy task by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They had to give a presentation to a panel of judges on how the UK could increase exports from SMEs. The panel included Subhash Thakrar - Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ricky Martin – CEO of Hyper Recruitment Solutions and winner of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ in 2012, Sara Fazlali – Founder of both Areté Club and Secret Me, and Caleb Meakins.

 

Reflecting on this year’s competition, Stan Reinholds - Co-founder of the National Student Apprentice, said: "It’s a business competition aimed at helping students in UK Universities to develop practical skills and business acumen.

 

"I was very proud to see such an exceptional performance from team Manchester. I believe that there’s something special about this institution and that this is one of many more enterprise achievements to come."

 

Manchester team member Ryan Shoesmith added: "The Student Apprentice has been a fantastic opportunity for us to learn new practical skills and challenge ourselves in the exciting world of business."

 

The National Student Apprentice competition began in March 2013 with 20 teams competing across six Regional Student Apprentice competitions. The North West regional final was hosted by the Manchester Entrepreneurs student society.

 

The winners of the regional finals – The University of Manchester, King’s College London, The University of Cambridge, The University of Warwick, The University of the West of England and Teesside University - progressed to the final.

 

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