Thirty Sixth Form students from St Benedict’s Catholic High school have this week had the trip of a lifetime to London, taking in Parliament, Houses of Commons and Lords and Google’s Campus London.
The trip, which was arranged in conjunction with MP Jamie Reed, was planned in order to give the Business Studies and Government & Politics students an insight into life as an MP, and also offer them the fantastic opportunity of experiencing working life in Google’s Campus London.
Jamie Reed MP was instrumental in organising the trip for the Whitehaven students:
“I am delighted to have worked with St Benedict’s and Google to facilitate this once in a lifetime opportunity for local students to visit both Parliament, and the Google Campus in Shoreditch.
Attendees have had the opportunity to take a tour of Parliament and to meet my colleague, the Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Louise Haigh MP to discuss the importance of technology and innovation.
From there, the attendees visited the Google campus to participate in Google’s ‘Future Founders’ course, which aims to inspire young people to become determined entrepreneurial thinkers and doers.
As one of, if not the most forward thinking and innovative tech businesses in the world, Google have provided our local young people with an insight into how to transform their ambitions into reality.
Local young people are the future of our communities – they are the forward thinking innovators who will build and transform our local economy into the envy of the United Kingdom.
St Benedict’s are the first school in the area to have this opportunity, and it is my hope that it will be the beginning in a new chapter in supporting and encouraging digital ambition for our young people here in West Cumbria.”
Following the tour of Parliament, the group also attended a Future Founders Course at Google’s Campus London, which is Google’s space for entrepreneurs. Future Founders is a pilot scheme targeting schools from around the UK. It is hoping to bring more realistic success stories home to inspire young people.
Google employees presented to the group and then they were tasked with producing a start-up idea that would help the local community in Copeland.
Paul Charlton, BTEC Quality Nominee at the school comments:
“Enterprise is key to the UK economy. More people are employed in small business enterprises than any other type of business and for many young people starting a business enterprise is a possible route, especially within the online marketplace.
Being given the confidence to push forward their ideas and taking the risk of setting the venture up is all part of the experience we hope the students gained from this Google visit.”
During their stay, the students also enjoyed a visit to a West End show at the Novello Theatre to see Mamma Mia; a trip on the London Eye; a river cruise and a tour of the London Dungeons.