Benenden’s new business course gets ‘The Apprentice’ seal of approval

A new course dedicated to teaching girls essential workplace skills has been given the seal of approval by Margaret Mountford, a former star of The Apprentice.

Benenden school in Kent, an independent boarding school for girls aged 11-18, is one of the first schools in the UK to offer the course, which covers developing business plans to understanding finances.

Dr Mountford, once one of Lord Sugar’s advisers on the BBC show, gave her support for the course during a talk to some of the school’s sixth formers.

“I congratulate Benenden on launching this programme and hope that other schools will follow suit.

“This country’s economy thrives on the dynamism and ideas of the next generation of businesspeople so it is essential that we are equipping them with the skills they need to maximise this potential.”

The programme has been launched partly in response to comments from business leaders about the lack of practical business skills in UK graduates.

Sixteen-year-old Zara Hussain, a Benenden pupil, said: “I’m hoping to be an engineer, and am looking forward to being taught skills on this programme that will stay with me for life.”


Picture: Margaret Mountford talks to students

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