Apprentice star helps launch new Career Ready programme at Westminster Academy

On Wednesday 21 January, Westminster Academy celebrated the launch of their new Career Ready programme.

Attendees included David Dangoor, Sponsor Governor of the Academy and Trustee of Exilarch Foundation and Margaret Mountford, Lawyer and Businesswoman best known for her role in The Apprentice. 

The event was a great opportunity to showcase how the Career Ready programme will impact not only the students involved but the whole school. 

Margaret Mountford gave some wise words, encouragement and helpful tips to the students who are ready to take their first step on the programme:

“It’s not cool to be dumb; it’s cool to be smart! Remember to think before you speak and we were all given two ears and one tongue, so listen more and speak less.

“A CV does not make you employable, everyone has a CV but it is who you are, your uniqueness, your ambition, your hunger, your drive that will help you succeed in reaching your life goals.”

“It’s not cool to be dumb; it’s cool to be smart! Remember to think before you speak and we were all given two ears and one tongue, so listen more and speak less.

“A CV does not make you employable, everyone has a CV but it is who you are, your uniqueness, your ambition, your hunger, your drive that will help you succeed in reaching your life goals.”

Fourteen students have been selected to participate in the first cohort. One student, Ahmed Abbas, said:

‘I am very excited about the journey I am about to embark on; I hope that completing the programme will not only give me a better understanding of the working world but will also give my CV an edge and help me pave a career.”

Principal, Ms Smita Bora said:

“Excellent qualifications are essential, but as an Outstanding International Business and Enterprise Academy, Westminster Academy also strives to develop inquisitive, open-minded young people who are prepared for the working world. We are looking forward to working with Career Ready to equip our students with the crucial employability skills that employers look for in new recruits, enabling them to successfully compete on a global platform.”