Equine students claim second place in app competition

Crewe Guardian: From left Emma Penn, Emily Bancroft, April Macleod and Eve Baker with Carys Jones. From left Emma Penn, Emily Bancroft, April Macleod and Eve Baker with Carys Jones.

AN inspirational idea for a mobile phone app earned Reaseheath College’s equine students second place in the national finals of a business enterprise competition.

Emily Bancroft and April Macleod, both 17, and 16 year-old Eve Baker presented their business plan before a panel of judges at the Barclays Bank Head Offices in Canary Wharf, London, on Friday, June 13.

Fellow student Emma Penn, 17, also contributed to the idea but did not accompany the team to London.

Just eight entries out of over 400 were selected for the final, which was the culmination of Barclays ‘Built for Business’ competition.

The challenge was one of a number of activities offered to all Reaseheath’s further education students during a week long Barclays Money Skills programme, which helps young people to develop their money management, employability and enterprise skills.

The Level 3 Horse Management students suggested launching a mobile phone app which would notify them about timetable changes and outstanding assignments and offer an alternative communication with lecturers.

Colleges, universities and schools would subscribe annually to the service, which would be available free for all students.

Emily said: “We decided to use what we’ve already learned to help students organise their life better. We decided a mobile app would be the best way of improving the flow of communication between students and their lecturers.”

Student Welfare Officer Carys Jones, who ran the Barclays Money Skills activities, said: “We were thrilled to have a Reaseheath team shortlisted for the final. Sadly our students were just pipped at the post, but they had a great chance to show off their entrepreneurial skills.

"Learning opportunities like these are completely in line with our own aim to make our students more employable and to provide them with skills for the future.”

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