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2016 03 10 14.41.50

Harrow College students secure ‘dream’ internships with Raw Talent


Four students at Harrow College have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication with an internship with Apprentice Winner Lee McQueen and his business Raw Talent Academy this summer.

The four students have just completed a six month, extra-curricular employability academy run by Raw Talent in partnership with Harrow College. The academy saw 14 students complete the 8-stage course covering topics including; self-motivation, communication & building relationships, interview techniques as well as into commercial business workings. The four successful students (pictured left to right with Lee McQueen centre) are Alexandra Langhe (18), Abdi Osman (18), Stacie Newman (19) and Rucha Joshi (18)

Earlier in the college year hundreds of students applied and were interviewed to secure a place on the course, all receiving detailed feedback from Raw Talent’s expert recruiters.

First year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) student Rucha Joshi said; “The employability academy became a pathway to my dreams, where I not only made lifelong friends but also gained unique knowledge and experience.”

Abdi Osman, a second year student studying a BTEC in Business added; “it’s a great experience to meet new people and learn about business from a different perspective. It has changed my view about the skills I will need in the real world after college and has helped to confirm why business is my passion. Studying Management at University is the next step for me and I cannot wait for the internship this summer.”

Stacie Newman, in the first year of a BTEC in Applied Science also secured an internship; “Joining RTA helped me regain my confidence and self-esteem which I thought wasn’t possible beforehand. It taught me a lot of practical skills which has not only helped me in college and work but also in life. It’s opened new opportunities and helped build new relationships with people.”

Raw Talent Academy founder Lee McQueen, who worked for Lord Sugar for two years after winning the Apprentice said; “I was hugely impressed by the quality of the students this year. It is the fourth time we have run the Academy process and it is a real statement of intent from the college in ensuring their students are ready for employment. Many businesses complain that those exciting education are not ready for the realities of business; we are doing something about that in partnership with Harrow College!”

Lee Janaway, Director of Student Experience at Harrow College added; “These students have all developed new skills and attributes during their time working with Lee McQueen and his staff and I am certain that they will bring value to his organisation, Raw Talent.  The Raw Talent Academy has again provided students invaluable employability knowledge and experience that will ensure that those on the programme have a bright future.”

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