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Apprentice star works with Sherborne Girls

Published Tuesday 3rd of December 2013 10:21:03 AM

Business-minded L6 student Rachel Bucklow of Sherborne Girls recently secured a work placement with former contender of the BBC Apprentice series, Claire Young.

Rachel spent her half term working alongside the 2008 finalist but it was not the first time that Rachel and Claire's paths had crossed; Rachel first met Claire in 2012 through her involvement in the Girls' School Association national competition 'Ahead of the Game', which Sherborne Girls went on to win. Claire has since visited the school to help with an in-school enterprise challenge; Rachel then decided she would ask Claire if she could gain some work experience with her.
The 16 year old was invited to Wakefield to help provide support for one of Claire's business projects 'School Speakers'. This is a service which connects schools and colleges with motivational speakers, and part of Rachel's duties were to help with the administrative and logistical operations of the business.

Rachel explained, 'Under Claire's watchful eye, I was able to learn about all of the various aspects of running a small commerical organisation, from finance and marketing to setting up my own business. She was very motivational and supportive, and I look forward to keeping in contact with Claire and the other connections I made while working with her.'

Claire set up numerous business ventures after her success on The Apprentice and is passionate about entrepreneurship and enterprise, working with a number of public sector and education groups. She has set up a social enterprise called Girls Out Loud which works with 13-18 year girls helping to raise their aspirations. She said, 'Work placements are key for young people to gain skills, experience and insight into professional career paths. Employers are always demanding experience on CVs so the more you have the better! I am delighted to offer students the opportunity to visit my business School Speakers and contribute to the workplace'.
Rachel, currently studying Maths, Chemistry, History and Religious Studies hopes to read either Philosophy, Politics or Economics at university and then pursue a career in business or finance.

Picture caption: Rachel (pictured left) with Claire Young

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