Students at the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility in Newcastle have received some top business tips following a visit by the Chief Executive of one of the region’s largest firms.
True Potential Chief Executive, Daniel Harrison, dropped in on one of the lessons to meet the students and their tutors. Among the many tips given to the learners were ideas on careers, interview preparation and technique, as well as general advice on what chief executives might be looking for.
The students are studying for their BTEC esports qualification at the Harrison Centre, based at the Newcastle United Foundation building in the city. They spoke about their ambitions once they have completed their studies, which included starting their own business, working in esports and careers in digital technology.
True Potential is a financial technology business employing 450 people in Newcastle that manages over £23 billion of people’s savings and investments and offers numerous different jobs, ranging from investment management to marketing as well as customer support and coding.
The Harrison Centre in Newcastle is one of five projects, funded by the Harrison Foundation throughout the UK and overseas, that exist to increase the life chances of young people by giving them the necessary skills and advice to get a job and develop a career.
Speaking after the visit, Harrison Foundation trustee and True Potential Chief Executive, Daniel Harrison, said: “It was an absolute privilege to drop in on the lesson today at the Harrison Centre here at the Newcastle United Foundation and meet the students and their brilliant tutor. I really enjoyed taking part in the lesson and seeing what the students are doing as part of their BTEC course. The skills they are learning at the Harrison Centre are directly transferable to lots of jobs in the area and at True Potential.
“A big thank you to the team at the Newcastle United Foundation for the work they’re doing in connecting up students to employers and setting these great young people off on the right path.”