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On 10th April 2015, five Year 12 students (Annabel Manley, Paul Wang, Sam Fraser, Hay-Yeung Tang and Ben Winch) spent a day at the PwC London office to take part in the National Schools Employability Challenge (NSEC) final, run by RateMyApprenticeship and supported by PwC.

To qualify for the final, they first had to go through two online stages composed of various multiple choice questions designed to test aptitude, psychometric tests and two longer written answers, one about their view of an ideal customer for PwC and the other about their experiences of working in a team. There were nearly 3000 applications from 16-18 year olds across the UK, 40 of which were chosen for the final.

The final consisted of three stages; more numerical and verbal psychometric tests, an interview clinic and a group activity where they had to brainstorm and present ideas of how they would get more students to apply for apprenticeships at companies like PwC. The day was rounded off with a refreshing talk from Tim Campbell, the first winner of The Apprentice, about his experiences in life before the winner’s presentation.

Congratulations to Hay-Yeung who was declared as the overall winner of the national competition and is officially the most employable student in Britain. He was awarded a week of paid work experience at PwC, as well as a brand new iPad and a trophy. Overall, the day was very insightful and everyone gained valuable skills and experience.