PwC, in partnership with Entrepreneurs in Action, ran a Classroom to Boardroom challenge for a group of Year 12 students from Trinity School in Croydon. This event took students out of the classroom, and immersed them in the world of business by challenging them to solve real problems, and provided the opportunity to present their ideas back to those individuals in industry who deal with these problems on a day to day basis.
The students were asked to think about what could be done to support young people (16 – 24 years old) going into education, employment or training in the wake of COVID-19. Local Authorities across the country were reporting a reduction in opportunities for this cohort and there was widespread concern about the associated long-term impacts.
The programme was run entirely virtually, with this being one of the first online innovation programmes run in the UK in response to COVID-19 school closures.
The students’ insights and solutions were presented to a PwC Panel from their local public services and cities and sustainability teams who work with local authorities across the country, and were well received.