The TARGETjobs National Schools’ Challenge 2014, in partnership with Siemens and organised by TARGETjobs Events, took place at the incredible Siemens’ Crystal Building in London’s Docklands on 3 April. The winner was Imogen Grant, a student from Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge; the winning region was Scotland and the best in the region were two students from Beaconhurst School in Stirling.
Records were broken with over 5,000 school and college students registered for the Challenge from all over the UK. They all took a lengthy online intelligence and skills test Finals in London. There they took part in a variety of practical tests which included individual and group exercises devised by Cut-e and the partner organisations to test their decision making, creativity and business awareness. The exercises were based on the challenges they will face at assessment centre and everyone, not just the winners, gained valuable practice for the future.
Students were split into ten regional teams to compete against students from different regions on the day. The best performing region on the day was Scotland, represented by Fraser Morrison and Jamie Salem-Dalgety from Beaconhurst School in Stirling, Tom Everett (Langholm Academy), Jane Leckie (Lathallan School) and Mila Georgieva (High School of Dundee).
“I was keen to support this initiative by TARGETjobs’ said Ken Milligan, Head of Upper School at Beaconhurst. “I was delighted when Fraser and Jamie came first and second respectively in the regional qualifying event, but even more delighted when they were part of the Scottish team that won the Regional Best Team award! I know they have taken a lot from the experience and to have the opportunity to gain an insight into corporate selection processes is invaluable for them. We are looking forward to implementing any ideas Fraser and Jamie may have taken away from the competition experience into our own school leadership programme.”