The 12 to 14 year olds participated in The Royal Docks Industry Day at the Excel centre, where they developed key skills necessary for the modern jobs market, as well as learning about the job opportunities in their local area.

The pupils took part in competitive challenges that included developing marketing ideas and presenting their results before judges.

Tim Campbell, winner of the first series of The Apprentice and the Mayor of London’s ambassador for training and enterprise compered the event and judged the winning entries.

The Royal Docks Industry Day at ExCeL London

He said: “Business can play an important role in exposing children and young people to the world of work, to help them make decisions about their education and their future.

“I commend London City Airport and the other businesses involved for stepping up and taking the lead. I very much enjoyed meeting the pupils taking part, many of whom showed great enthusiasm and creativity and will undoubtedly be an asset to east London’s future workforce.”

Organised by London City Airport, the event brought together volunteers and senior business leaders from partner organisations including Crossrail, the Royal Docks Management Authority (RODMA), Asian Business Parks and The Silvertown Partnership.