The Kent Area finals of the Young Enterprise Public Speaking competition took place at Medway UTC on 5th February 2018. Lorna Naylor, a Year 10 pupil at Medway UTC, represented the company Rustic Designs of which she is the Company Director.

Rustic Designs is a company that have been set up by a group of entrepreneur students at Medway UTC which makes unique products out of logs and wood, as part of the Young Enterprise scheme.

Young Enterprise is a national charity which work with young people and support them to develop the employability skills that employers demand, by delivering enterprise and financial education programmes in schools, colleges and universities.

Employers are reporting that youngsters today don’t have the right skills for employment. This is something Medway UTC is passionate about as it is our vision to offer clear routes to employment through professional and technical pathways.

Equipping our students with the skills to succeed, The Young Enterprise Kent Public Speaking Competition aims to develop and celebrate essential business communication skills amongst secondary school students across the county.

After having volunteered to take part, Lorna chose to speak on the topic, “Should companies troll Facebook and other social media sites of job applicants”.

Competing against Lucas, a Year 12 student from Dartford Grammar School, Lorna spoke for 5 minutes with great confidence and presented a well-structured argument using references from her research.

The competition was fierce with excellent speeches and much passion across the competitors, each of which had to speak for no longer than seven minutes in front of an audience of professional employers.Screenshot_20180206-063809_1

After much deliberation, it is our honour to announce that the judges, a HSBC Training Manager and a local Entrepreneur, awarded Medway UTC’s Lorna as the North West, Mid Kent and Medway Public Speaking 2018 winner.

Mr Cottam, Interim Principal at Medway UTC, has said:

“We are all very proud of Lorna’s achievement, she is an example of what others should aspire to. What is even more rewarding is she has demonstrated the employability skills we endeavour to instil in all of our students at Medway UTC. Well done Lorna.”

Lorna has made Medway UTC proud and has demonstrated an impressive display of confidence, knowledge and skills to succeed which is a fantastic achievement.

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