A partnership between New City College and the government’s Ministry of Defence has paved the way for students to consider a career in the Civil Service.
Volunteers from across the MoD have been spending time at NCC’s Tower Hamlets campus, sharing their knowledge and building the confidence of a diverse range of students – many of them unlikely to have thought about progressing to work for a government department.
Business students were given the opportunity to work with the MoD visitors in a Dragons’ Den style challenge. In groups the students were asked to think about something they felt the college was missing and develop a product/business around it.
They spent two days developing their ideas, designing a presentation, finalising their business model, preparing figures around profit margins and coming up with a brand name. On the third day, the business pitches began.
An MoD spokesperson said: “The pitches were fantastic. The students were thoroughly engaging and they had some very creative ideas and great presentation skills.”