Young Entrepreneurs win internships with Nestlé

On Thursday 22nd June, eleven Selby College Level 3 Extended Diploma Business students travelled to Nestlé in York where they took part in a ‘Finale Day’ with around 150 finalists from other local schools and colleges. The finalists were chosen following an earlier session at Selby College in January, where former students who have progressed onto careers with Nestlé returned to the Abbot’s Road campus to discuss the Apprenticeship scheme offered by the company.

The Finale Day was set up by MyKindaFuture, a company designed to help students build connections with employers looking for their next generation of talent. Students can sign up for local careers events with real companies, helping to improve their employability for the future.

The event comprised of three challenges, all designed to put the students’ Business knowledge to the test. Students were first tasked with an enterprise activity, where they worked in mixed groups to design a new healthy product for Nestlé and pitch their creation to the staff and other teams. Products from the Selby students included a creative fruit and seed bar incorporating the Nestlé cereal ‘Shreddies’. Next there was a team task, in which students had to practice their negotiation skills. Teams were given a list of 15 items they could use if lost at sea, and had to reach a group decision about which items would be the most and least useful. Finally, the students got the chance to show off their new skills in a quick-fire 2 minute interview, where employers asked questions about the student, Nestlé and the world of Business.

Throughout the day, students were scored not only on their business skills, but also their confidence, and competition was fierce, with an exceptionally high standard from all participants. Nestlé had seventeen paid work experience places up for grabs, and four of the eleven Selby College students were successful. Tayla Parkinson, Jasmine Lockwood, John Whaley, and Max Dutton have since been invited to return to Nestlé to complete their weeks’ internship over the summer. Nestlé have praised the efforts of the Selby College students.

Alison Ruston, Course Leader for Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business said “I have the pleasure of working with some great young adults every day; they never fail to amaze me, but today I was taken aback by not only their maturity and professionalism but their sheer drive to succeed. They have made themselves, myself and the college extremely proud.”

Published: Wednesday 5 Jul 2017