Barclays provides students with business skills

15th June 2015

Students from Barking & Dagenham College and the College?s Technical Skills Academy, attended a special workshop at Barclays? headquarters in Canary Wharf recently.

At the workshop, the 25 students were given the opportunity to gain valuable business advice, impress a panel of experts with their marketing ideas and even get some great tips on how to grow their own business ideas.


Above: Lisa Gray, Relationship Director at Barclays with Kamile Petrusyte who is studying for her BTEC in Business at Level 2.

Throughout the day, students were allowed to pitch their business ideas and receive feedback and advice from the Barclays team during key networking sessions.

Aleksandrs Prihozijs, 17, from Dagenham, a Level 2 BTEC Business Studies student, said:

“It was extremely useful to get opinions from people who know a lot about commercial trading and business. They were all very helpful in pointing me in the right direction.”

Technology Challenge

In the afternoon, the students took part in the Enterprise Challenge, where they had to work in teams to come up with ideas based around usable and wearable technology.

The teams had to consider target customers, pricing and sales strategies as part of the brief.

The winning team came up with the idea of an app called the ‘Angel’, which helps people detect the level of their alcohol consumption, and therefore, prevent themselves from going over the limit.

Young entrepreneurs build confidence and communication skills

Winning team member, Charlie Makaveli, 29, from Hornchurch, a Level 3 Floristry student at the College said:

“The day helped me build my confidence and communication skills which are vital as a young entrepreneur. I’ve already got my own floristry business and this event has been great for networking.”

Above: Barclays Cash Specialist, Michael Emons, with Level 3 Floristry student and entrepreneur, Charlie Makaveli. "Buzzing"

Howard Jeffrey, Head of the Entrepreneurial Pod at Barking & Dagenham College, added:

“The day provided our students with a unique opportunity to discuss and explore their business ideas with a group of Barclays’ corporate bankers. The event was a great success and the students are still buzzing about the experience.”

Passion for ideas

Michael Sottin, Relationship Director, Corporate Banking Origination at Barclays, commented:

‘Barclays is delighted to have been able to play its part in enriching the learning and collegiate experience of budding entrepreneurs from Barking and Dagenham College. In taking part in the events of the day, students demonstrated passion for their ideas and a willingness to conquer the fear of failure, attributes shared by the very best entrepreneurs of our time. My colleagues and I are privileged to be part of the students’ future stories’.

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