#iwill benefit my community

Over 200 students gathered at KPMG to share their plans for tackling pressing social problems in the first of our 2016-17 pitching challenges.

The event in Birmingham was the first of a series of six events which will be taking place over the next three weeks.

Hundreds of students will pitch their plans to panels of local business leaders for a financial investment and feedback on how to make their projects make an even bigger impact.

The event gave schools and pupils a great way to showcase their commitment to youth social action during #iwillWeek, part of the  #iwill campaign to get more young people involved in youth social action.  

Diana Ramage, Head of Sixth Form at Swanshurst School, said

youth social action is a great vehicle for personal development because it is something all students can get involved in.  The only skill you need is to care.  It gives them a focus on something beyond themselves and I think that’s really important in their development.”

David Ward, Managing Partner at Marks and Clerk,, said

this is the third year that we have supported the programme and the enthusiasm and commitment of the young people is infectious.  Being able to influence their development at such an early stage, even in a small way, is immensely satisfying.  The experience is refreshing, engaging and fun!”

Closing the evening, host Mike Steventon, Midlands Regional Chairman and Birmingham Senior Partner, KPMG, said that he had been impressed by the standard of presentations and ideas and hoped that many of the students would consider applying to the firm’s apprenticeship programmes.