It’s official: QE Sixth-Former is one of the most employable young people in the country!

Sixth-Former Shahil Sheth was a runner-up in a national final of a competition aimed at finding the country’s most employable young people.

Shahil emerged in second place in the final of the National Schools Employability Challenge (NSEC), while his fellow Year 12 pupil, Aditya Ramachandran, also reached the final, having been named an “employability champion” following his success in the first two rounds.

Run by the Rate My Apprenticeship website in collaboration with professional services firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), the NSEC offers young people across the country the opportunity to showcase their skills.

To reach the final, Shahil and Aditya had to get through stage 1 – a simple quiz designed to measure personality attributes relevant to being employed – and then stage 2 – a quiz and comprehension-based exercise.

""The top 10 entries monthly from November to March were named ‘employability champions’ and invited to the national final at PwC’s offices at London Bridge. Shahil and Aditya were both February champions.

“In the final, they analysed our Maths and Verbal Reasoning skills via psychometric tests and teamwork skills based on PwC staff looking at how we worked together as a group,” Shahil reported. Points were also carried through from the first two stages.

The finalists were also offered a session with PwC –the world’s largest professional services firm – on the opportunities open to them when they finished school.

The boys were congratulated by Liane Ryan, QE’s Head of Economics, while the NSEC website proclaimed Shahil’s achievement: “Congratulations to the winner and runners-up who are now officially the most employable students in the UK!”