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Collyer’s and business experts up for the challenge!

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Collyer’s have been meeting with industry experts to plan the Challenge of Management 2017. The popular and successful event forms part of the Ofsted outstanding college’s much admired progression work and gives students a taste of the real world of business management. The event, which will take place at the stunning South Lodge Hotel on 10 July, will enable teams of ten students, each led by a top representative from the business community, to compete throughout the day in a number of business games and team building exercises.

Collyer’s Senior Tutor, Ian McAlister, said: “Big thanks to Lucy Hargreaves for her sterling work organising and chairing the session. Planning for this popular day is complex and the success of the experience for the students rests on the forward thinking, and expertise, of our advisers and the progression team here at Collyer’s. The meeting, held in the stunning surroundings of the world renowned South Lodge Hotel, was a resounding success, allowing us to discuss new and improved tasks.”

Collyer’s Employability Co-ordinator, Lucy Hargreaves, explained: “An incredible amount of work goes into planning the Challenge of Management, but it will all be worth it on the big day! We are grateful to all the business advisors who will lead the teams and took part in today’s planning session at South Lodge.”

Business representatives supporting the event include: Smita Warren (RSA), Neil Bennett (John Lewis), Dominic Wakefield (Wakefield’s), Steve Summers (Outreach International); Ann Donoghue (Collyer’s Governor and Senior International HR Professional); Steve Spurling (HSBC), Jenni Dance (South Lodge, an Executive Hotel), Mark Goodson (Accenture) Kim Sim and Ian Robinson (Assurity Consulting); Sarah Ediss and Jack Fosberry (Kreston Reeves) and Nicola Thurston (Talenterprize).

Ian McAlister added: “The Challenge event has been so successful over the years, that many of its elements are being used by local businesses as examples of team and assessment centre tasks. As we approach the day, the excitement mounts at college with the event now fully booked – the Challenge of Management 2017 is certainly the summer’s hot ticket!”

Collyer’s Vice Principal Steve Martell said: “The event has certainly moved with the times over the years and we are very proud of its continued success. At the end of the day, what could be better? A chance to shine, prove yourself, network with talented regional business leaders and enjoy a free lunch at one of the top 5 star hotels in the country!”

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