Workington based Accountant Michael Fearon is delighted to have been part of the ProjX 2020 Work Awareness team.
Michael Fearon was asked to take part in the programme, delivering a sixty-minute finance session to the pupils. During this session the students looked at the differences between project and financial accounting and then took part in a short task which included calculating a Break Even Point, Return on Investment and discussing different financing methods.
The ProjX programme which took place at the beginning of July, was successfully piloted with year 10 pupils from across West Cumbria. The programme was initially cancelled this term due to current social distancing measures and school closures in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of letting year 10 students go without work experience opportunities this year, the Projx programme delivered an exciting new virtual online experience.
During the programme the pupils were tasked with designing a concept for commercial redevelopment of a council-designated town area. There were four school teams who took part made up of pupils from; St Benedict’s, Beacon Hill, Cockermouth, Energy Coast UTC and St Joseph’s.
The two-week interactive programme was delivered by the Centre for Leadership Performance, in partnership with a range of local business partners and funded by Sellafield Ltd.
The programme provides students with an opportunity to develop a range of skills and explore different interests. An exposure to a range of businesses, job roles and skills sets is provided to all pupils. This will help develop several transferable skills, including communication, problem solving, leadership and teamwork as well as the use of online platforms which have become more relevant to the modern way of working.
Michael said: “It was a pleasure to be asked to be involved in such a great programme. All the pupils interpreted the task in a creative way. Well done to all the teams who took part and thank you to the Centre for Leadership Performance for getting me involved.”
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