Canary Wharf volunteers get East End kids ready to tackle working world

Business volunteers have run workshops in two schools teaching pupils in London’s East End skills in finance and IT technology.

One was a project for 45 Year-10 students at St Paul’s Way Secondary in Bow Common, showing how to make apps for smart phones.

The pupils had to come up with an idea for a mass market app with budget forecasts and business plans, helped by volunteers from Accenture, the management consultancy.

Another workshop included interview sessions for 180 Year-11 students at Poplar’s Langdon Park Secondary with Canary Wharf volunteers from Barclays, Lloyds and RBS banks as well as News UK and Skadden law firm. It included 30-minute ‘mock’ interviews with each student, followed by constructive feedback on their performance.

They were organised by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership’s ‘passport to employability’ programme teaching skills that school-leavers need in the workplace.

The Education Partnership is also organising the annual Tower Hamlets Public Speaking competition in the City tonight at Lloyd’s of London.

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