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Its time for the Harrow College Employability Academy 2016/17


For the fifth year running South Oxfordshire sales training and recruitment business is partnering with Harrow College in aid of the Employability Academy. Harrow College students hoping to make their mark in the world of employment will take part in a competitive audition day run Raw Talent Academy, which is the business founded by The Apprentice winner Lee McQueen.

Raw Talent’s Employability Academy aims to give students an insight into business through a hands-on programme, which is extracurricular to the students College studies. Activities on the programme include giving the selected learners the opportunity to visit a large corporation, visit the different areas of a live business environment and receive coaching from business experts & owners who have been managing directors at multi-million pound organisations on specific skills required in employability. Students will also take part in ‘Apprentice’ style tasks before presenting details of their personal development.

We are expecting a record high of over 400 students applying to gain a place on Raw Talent’s Employability Academy programme. The 400 applying candidates will then be put through a rigid interview and selection process and be reduced down to 30 – 40 students who will be invited to the audition day. Tasks to win one of the 20 places available on Raw Talent’s Employability Academy will take place at the college’s Enterprise Centre at the Harrow on the Hill campus in October 2016

Lee McQueen presenting to Harrow College students

Lee McQueen presents to Harrow College students at the Employability Academy Audition Day.

During the day-long audition, students will be put into four teams and have the opportunity to conquer specific activities which include critiquing anonymous CVs to fill vacancies; trying to sell faulty/damaged products such as a punctured football; pitching a business idea Dragons Den style and finally producing the advertising and branding for a new energy drink.

At the end of the day, the final names will be selected, with unsuccessful candidates taking away valuable experience and receiving detailed feedback from Raw Talent on how they can develop and use this knowledge in the future. The successful students will be able to look forward to a programme of activities spread out over the coming months.

This is the fifth year Harrow College have partnered with Raw Talent, with their business offering tens of paid internships to students who will graduate from the programme. Commenting on the Employability Academy process, Lee McQueen said:

Harrow College Students completing a task

Students undertake a task as Lee McQueen & Lee Janaway assess

“What Raw Talent is aiming to do, is make these students more confident when they face potential employers – we believe too many students are not ready for the reality of work and Harrow College is leading the way to change that. The students that will be selected from the audition day will be part of a course that will enhance valuable employability skills.”

Successful 2015/16 Employability Academy student – Ajay Modha, 18, said that attending the auditions was a great experience.

“The Raw Talent audition day was a great experience and understanding of new skills required in the business sector. Winning a place on the Employability Academy coaching course gave me a great opportunity to improve my employability skills and has definitly put me in the right frame of mind for life experiences to come.

Lee Janaway, Director of Student Experience at Harrow College added:

“We really value the importance of developing students’ skills and knowledge in employability and enterprise as we prepare them for life after college. This will be the fifth year we have worked with Lee McQueen and Raw Talent and believe that the process and programme supports students to develop these skills”.

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