Left to Right: Erlands Gavars, David Wilkinson, Ash Arnold, Zak Richardson, Lewis Duff, Callum Cunliffe and Rachel Fenney.
Excited year 10 students from the St Helens College 14-16 Academy welcomed special guest speaker, Daniel Watkins, Santander Local Business Manager from St Helens, for an inspiring talk on the business banking world and its role within the hospitality industry.
The talk, designed to link with a previous lesson plan on the types of support given by other industries to the hospitality industry, covered topics such as the role of the bank, the purpose of a business plan and the support available for start-up businesses.
Daniel, who has worked within the banking sector for 11 years said, "I think it is a great idea that young adults are allowed to focus on a certain career path as I always felt that when I was younger, I was not given the help and support to guide me in the right career direction." He went on to add how impressed he was on his first visit to St Helens College 14 – 16 Academy, "This is a really great environment to study in and I wish there had been something as focussed as this for me. You can really see how these young people are thriving in such a stimulating learning environment."
Students were also given the opportunity to ask Daniel about his personal experiences of studying at school and how he came to choose his current career path.
Edward Newton, Catering and Hospitality teacher, said, "This was an excellent opportunity for the students to hear first-hand of the support available to new businesses within the hospitality industry and gain some valuable insight. You can already see that we have some real entrepreneurs in my class and it was great to see the students take such a keen interest and really participate."
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