Star of Dragons Den Theo ‘digs’ Myerscough

Theo Paphitis 'having a go' at the Myerscough Mini Digger Challenge.
Theo Paphitis 'having a go' at the Myerscough Mini Digger Challenge.

ENTREPRENEUR and star of TV’s Dragon’s Den Theo Paphitis has been passing on a few tips to students at Myerscough College.

The business guru paid a visit to an attraction put on by the Bilsborrow college at this year’s national Skills Show.

Myerscough was chosen to deliver a “Have a Go” activity at the annual three day event at the NEC in Birmingham, which attracts around 75,000 visitors from across the country.

The event, hosted by Find a Future, gives providers and employers a chance to showcase the range of career options and apprenticeships they have available.

Myerscough College was selected by The Edge Foundation to deliver the “Mini Digger Challenge,” attracting hundreds of participants, old and young, and was often the centre of attention with visits from UK and international media teams.

Theo Paphitis is the show’s patron was keen to take on the challenge himself.

He was given a lesson on how to operate the digger before embarking on the challenge.

Theo said: “Skills are of vital importance to economic growth in the UK. The Skills Show has inspired a new generation to get the most from further education, skills and apprenticeships.”

“It’s been an ambition of mine to operate a digger and I now I’ve achieved it.”

Myerscough’s area included the 3.5 Tonne CAT Mini Digger Challenge as the central activity.

The machine was donated to the college by Hewden UK, who are partnered with college’s Workbased Team and has been refurbished and maintained by the college’s skilled tutors and Construction Plant Maintenance Apprentices.