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Reading College students speak at business breakfast

Students with entrepreneurial spirit have attended a Twenties Club breakfast briefing.

These quarterly briefings bring together a host of businesses from across Reading to listen and ask questions to guest speakers.
Our student speakers were:

Raychell: using the College’s kitchen facilities runs her own catering business and has many staff clients needing food for meetings and events.
David: a student who now works for the College. He would like to set up a car washing and valeting social enterprise.
Cynthia: runs her own outside catering company
Daniel: through his website interviews CEO and leaders of different industries.

Principal Lesley Donoghue and chair of the Reading College advisory board Deborah Wharton gave a College update and introduced the students.

“We believe that it should be a two way street between education and employers. By working closely with local businesses, the College can respond to local needs and skill gaps by equipping our young people with the right skills that will get them a job.” said Lesley.

When talking about her education Raychell said “I came to the College with no GCSEs or confidence. On the catering foundation pathway, I decided to set up my own business and now make cakes and other food for meetings across the College.”

“People now believe in me and rely on me to deliver good quality products on time. It’s all about trying your best and people believing in you.”


One of the questions during the Q&A session was from Tom Clark of Bbite who wanted to know what businesses could do to look more attractive to young people.

Daniel said that he would look for a business that would help him to continue learning. Deborah believes that businesses need to embrace young people, the new ways they can do business and what they can bring to a company.

As part of the general discussions, Ian Fraser from Handelsbanken believes that the capacity for young people to improve a business is huge. He feels that local businesses could offer mentoring to young people.

The talk also moved on to the College’s new apprenticeship – Digital Social Apprenticeship – run in partnership the Digital Youth Academy. Berkshire Media Group and C8 Consulting are hoping to take on apprentices.

Steve Capel-Davies spoke very highly of the College’s restaurant The Kitchen, having attended another breakfast event there and would advise anyone to take their clients there as it’s impressive to see the College in action.