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Apprentice star puts Burnley students through their business paces
12:20pm Tuesday 19th June 2012 in Business
STUDENTS at a Burnley college got a taste of the boardroom after a visit from a former Apprentice finalist.
Kate Walsh visited year nine pupils at Sir John Thursby Community College to put them through their business paces.
The former television presenter, who was runner-up in series five of Lord Sugar’s hit BBC show, judged the students’ Olympic-themed product ideas as part of an open curriculum day.
English teacher Aysha Sikander said it was a ‘fantastic experience’ for all involved.
She said: “It really was a perfect day. All the students were engaged and involved and things got very competitive.
“The idea was to motivate and inspire the pupils to do something a bit different and we’ve had really positive feedback. Kate said the children were a credit to the school and she thought some of the idea in the boardroom scenario were fantastic.
“We’re hoping to do it again next year as the majority of pupils really enjoyed it.”
Public speaking and teamwork were among the attributes that pupils were encouraged to develop by Kate and the school staff.
After her stint on The Apprentice, where she lost out to restaurateur Yasmina Siadatan, Kate worked for GMTV and Channel 5.