One of Smestow’s sixth form students has done incredibly well to win a place in the final of a national employability challenge.

Kiran Bawa earned her place in the final of the National Schools Employability Challenge after answering a series of questions and then being selected as a monthly champion.

The overall winner and two runners-up in the competition will win paid work experience at leading professional services firm PwC.  60 students out of hundreds who took part have earned an invitation to the final, which will be held at PwC in London on April 20.

Kiran said the challenge was designed to increase knowledge and understanding of career options.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to develop employability skills,” she said. “To take part I had to answer a series of questions about employment skills, talking about things like attitude, initiative, ambition, leadership skills and working as part of a team.

“Only 60 people make it to the final so I am really pleased to have been selected. I’m a bit nervous about going to the final in London but I’m sure it will be a fantastic experience.”

Deputy headteacher at Smestow, Mrs Angie Lawrence, added: “Kiran has done extremely well to reach the final of this challenge and we are very proud of her.

“We wish her all the best but whatever happens now the experience can only stand her in good stead in the future.”