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Our students “blow away” Santander on the Red Box Tour Roadshow!

Another roaring enterpreneurial success for PTC and forging relationships with important employers - read more

On 12th May a group of students from Years 8, 9 and 10 who have shown commitment and entrepreneurial potential were invited to join the Santander team for an afternoon of workshops in the "Red Box" at Brindley Place in Birmingham.  The group worked in small teams on a variety of tasks including the creation and presentation of a dream job to a panel of “Dragons” to persuade them to apply for their opportunity.  The Santander team also explored with our students how social media is used in recruitment practises today and the benefits of online advertising of vacancies.

During the visit our young entrepreneurs shared a variety of business ideas that they had prepared in advance of the event. 

One student, Louis Gaskin in Year 8, is already running a successful textile enterprise which he presented to the Dragons resulting in real orders for his products! 

Louis started his business in Year 6 and it’s been growing ever since.  Last year he joined our GCSE Business Enterprise student teams in the Peter Jones Foundation Tycoon in Schools competition, our youngest entry and impressed everyone with his professional approach to his business and quality of his handmade products.

The Dragons (including a Business lecturer from the University of Birmingham) and the Santander Team were “blown away” by the group and their innovative and enthusiastic approach to event and the quality and content of the presentations.  As a result, Santander is eager to develop a learning partnership with us in the future.  Mrs Turner, who organised the visit and accompanied the students with Mrs Jordan and Mr McGlade said, “We were so proud of our students at the event today.  They demonstrated such a mature and professional approach and really impressed our hosts.  Our Year 8’s were as confident and our older students and showed real entrepreneurial understanding and promise.  To get a major organisation eager to work with our school in the future is an added bonus and a big achievement.   Many thanks to Santander and Mrs Gregory who gave us this great opportunity to shine and well done Team PTC!”