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Windsor College student reaches finals of National Schools Employability Challenge

Windsor College and first year A Level student Taha Hussain has reached the final stage of RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk and PwC’s NSEC (National Schools Employability Challenge) competition. Taha, who studies Physics, Chemistry and Biology, entered the competition which is designed prepare and up-skill students to be ready for the modern workplace.

The challenge, which consists of three stages, is part of a collaboration between RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk, an online careers resource and PwC, one of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms. The initial stage is designed to get students thinking about the skills sets and attributes employers look for.  Progressing to stage two is an opportunity to gain new knowledge, experience and understanding of employability in the modern workplace. For the first two stages, Taha achieved a very impressive 37 out of 40.

Stage three is by invitation only. As a qualifying student, Taha has been selected for an exclusive employability skills virtual event with PwC where he be able to hone his skills and test his abilities further. This will consist of six sessions which he can join throughout the day alongside fellow students and PwC representatives.

Commenting on the value of the NSEC, Taha said: "It was a great experience and for the stage three virtual day at PwC I chose to explore the 'What are your options after university' event. This was particularly helpful as it provided me with a number of different areas that I can consider following university, plus work experience options which will be useful for both my personal statement and CV." 

Taha, who is hoping to progress to study Medicine, is not the first student from Windsor College to win a place at the prestigious NSEC finals.  Encouraging students to attempt the early stages and progress through the levels of the competition has become something of a modern tradition at the College, organised through Core Studies. These weekly sessions are just one of the many wider opportunities offered to students which are aimed at developing the whole student and making young people more confident and able to make their mark in the world as they prepare for adult life.

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