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Bexleyheath's future business-leaders first in the country to be taught vital business skills

PUBLISHED: 14:39 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:39 26 July 2016

Mark Watson-Gandy with Professor Tanega and students

Mark Watson-Gandy with Professor Tanega and students

Ady Kerry

St Columba's Catholic school was the first to sign up to the Kids MBA classes

Youngsters at a secondary school in Bexleyheath are the first in the country to graduate from a business-inspired course.

St Columba’s Catholic School for Boys was the first to sign up to the Kids MBA classes.

The classes are designed to educate on business skills needed to start a company or become self-employed.

Students aged between 12 and 15 years old took part in the 10-hour course.

Deputy headteacher and business manager, Paul McGonnell, said: “We are very excited to bring this opportunity to our students.

“It gives them an introduction to skills that will not only stand them in good stead as an employee but would give them an advantage should they decide to work for themselves.

“Hopefully we will see some of our students in years to come, walking away with the funding in Dragon’s Den!”

Course founder Mark Watson-Gandy said: “This kind of business education doesn’t exist in schools.

“Business owners have to learn by trial and error. What we want to do with the Kids MBA is to give young people the skills they need to understand the principles of business and what they can achieve.”

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