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Alan Sugar’s Junior Apprentice beware - pupils in Totton show they’re the business with the help of NatWest


You could have been mistaken for thinking you’d stumbled onto the set of Alan Sugar’s ‘Junior Apprentice’ today as students from Hounsdown School in Totton set up as entrepreneurs and faced the challenge of posing as competing catering companies and putting in a bid to cater for a family fun day festival.

With the help of Jackie McKillen from NatWest’s Totton Branch and NatWest MoneySense Coach Carol Mitchell, 250 Yr 7 students divided into groups to tender for the contract - planning and designing menus, as well as the supply and serving of the food, before being judged on their ability to present and deliver a project on time and to budget.

The activities were part of NatWest MoneySense for Schools, a national, curriculum-based programme of interactive modules, developed by the Bank with the help of teachers to teach business and financial skills to young people. MoneySense has a presence in over 60% of secondary schools across the UK and last year alone, NatWest staff, like Jackie and Carol, delivered MoneySense lessons to over 335,000 young people delivering on the Bank’s Customer Charter commitment to provide young people with financial education.

Commenting on the event, Jackie McKillen from NatWest’s Totton branch, said: “We’ve had a fantastic time and Carol and I have been really impressed with the creativity and business acumen the young people have shown. It’s been great to see the team work displayed by the members of the different ‘companies’ and to watch their self-confidence grow as the day went on. The importance of financial capability for young people cannot be underestimated as it’s essential that they are equipped with the skills and confidence required to make decisions in adult life.”

Maxine Farmer, PDL Co-ordinator at Hounsdown School, continued: “This has been a great activity, which the young people have really enjoyed. It’s very important that they gain basic money management skills and have the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial and creative abilities. This activity was an extremely practical and fun way of doing this and brought alive what happens in real life. We can’t thank Jackie, Carol and NatWest enough for making such a wonderful programme available to our students and for coming along to help us deliver it.”

MoneySense for Schools has been developed in partnership with teachers to help schools and colleges teach personal money management and enterprise skills within the curriculum. It consists of a series of modules each of which can stand alone or be used in conjunction with others. It aims to engage young people in a variety of role playing scenarios, online and other interactive learning exercises to give them experience of making financial decisions.

Any schools or colleges wanting to find out more about the MoneySense programme, how to get the FREE materials or how to get the support of a NatWest member of staff, should contact local NatWest MoneySense Coach, Carol Mitchell on 07795 238051 or visit the MoneySense website at


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