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RBS England & Wales challenge interns with business planning workshop

Thursday 28 August

Career Academy interns at RBS England and Wales were given a challenge with a difference at the end of their placements in Manchester. 

At the “Business Planning” workshop, the interns were split in to groups tasked with creating a business plan for a fictional Caribbean restaurant. 

Following a short briefing session, their first task was conducting interviews for a head chef. Four RBS England and Wales branch managers played the part of candidates and each interview lasted for five minutes. The students then had to select their chosen candidate, but if more than one group selected the same candidate, they then had to pitch to that candidate.

With their new head chef “hired” and on hand to help them, each group went through the business plan – provided by RBS England and Wales. Their second task was to deliver a five minute pitch to four “investors”, each with a fictitious £100,000 to invest. 

Steve Bridge, Career Academies UK Regional Manager for the North West, acted as one of the “investors”: “Unlike Duncan Bannatyne, I did invest because they worked hard to convince me. I was so impressed – the skills they had developed throughout the internship - and indeed the Career Academy programme - were evidenced and I simply couldn’t say no. What a wonderful challenge set by RBS England and Wales.”

All groups received feedback but they were also asked to input their thoughts on the workshop as it will be rolled out to more Career Academies around the country.

RBS England & Wales are also providing a LinkedIn training seminar and group for their internships alumni and will use it to provide extra tips and opportunities. 

Keeley Burtenshaw, Community Lead with RBS England & Wales, said “We wanted to do a workshop that would allow the students to demonstrate the skills they have learned over the course of their internship. Given the students didn’t have any pre-work or briefing on the workshop before they arrived, they quickly got to grips with what they were tasked to do and we were very impressed with their contribution.”  

Picture: Career Academy interns receive internship certificates from RBS

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