Winners pictured from the left: Farhan Tanvir, Dillan Shah, Kyle Ellis.

Sainsbury’s presentation set to help one student live well for less

19th December 2012

One lucky student out of three currently studying at Luton Sixth Form College will be living well for less when they move on to university next year.

Farhan Tanvir, Dillan Shah and Kyle Ellis have made the final shortlist and are in the running to be named the college’s second worKingOptions Scholar. The competition – held for the first time in September last year – offers financial support throughout the winner’s time at university.
It is run in partnership with worKingOptions, an organisation founded by former Luton Sixth Form College student Paul Monk to help young people succeed in their careers after education.

The inaugural contest – won by Umar Akhtar – proved such a success it was decided to expand the selection process this time.

A total of 20 students in the college’s Career Academy put themselves forward, with a dozen selected by teachers to go through to the next stage. They then had to prepare and give a presentation based on supermarket Sainsbury’s, which is sponsoring the scholarship this year.
Business course manager Sufian Sadiq said: “The students had to do a five minute presentation looking at the performance of Sainsbury’s in the last three years, identifying how they’ve been successful and what they can do to continue this upward trend. “They then had to speak for a further two minutes on why they wanted to win the scholarship.”

The panel of judges, which included Mr Monk and representatives from Sainsbury’s, faced a tough decision, but chose Farhan, Dillan and Kyle to advance. They will now be mentored and conduct work placements at Sainsbury’s, taking in all elements from the shop floor through to the distribution centre and head office.

This will take place over the summer and will help determine who will be revealed as the latest WorKingOptions Scholar in September.