Business Tips for Girls From Apprentice Finalist
Monday, 17 September 2012
Year 12 pupils at Bolton School Girls’ Division received expert business tips and motivation from 2008 Apprentice finalist Claire Young, as part of a Business Enterprise and Skills Training Day.
Successful businesswoman Claire spoke to the girls about her own career and advised them not to follow the crowd but to do what interests them, and to never give up or have a half hearted attitude, but to work hard to get what they want. She spoke about her time on The Apprentice, and the qualities she feels make her a successful businesswoman. Her overall message to the girls was that with hard work, drive and determination anything is possible. Since The Apprentice, Claire has worked non stop setting up numerous business ventures including Schoolspeakers (providing motivational speakers for schools) and Girls Out Loud (a social enterprise programme aimed at inspiring young girls to raise their work and life goals and aspirations). She is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise to the younger generation and founded TeenBiz, the UK’s first business start up scheme for under 18’s.
The day was part of the careers programme for the girls, and also included workshops and seminars with local Business leaders. Matthew Fray and Richard Husk from KPMG led a workshop on ‘Leadership and Making an Impact’, Stephanie Foster from Rivington Associates ran ‘Working Together for a Successful Partnership’ and David Bradley from Milliken led a ‘Communication and Negotiation’ session. Each session included a theoretical element followed by a practical exercise. Girls also worked on structuring a business plan and cash flow forecast with Business teachers.
The day helped girls develop the skills to be the business leaders of the future.