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Year 8 Pupils Participate In Young Enterprise Morning

Published Tuesday 25th of June 2019 11:29:27 AM

On 18 June, Year 8 pupils took part in the Young Enterprise Morning at the Pavilion and were immersed in workshops to develop their employability skills. They also received testimonials from experts that work in different sectors within industry. Employers included: Lloyds Banking, HMRC, Civica, Capita and Hitachi Capital. Each team of pupils had to carefully assess the relative strengths of their teammates. They were then challenged to design a new shoe business, focussing on pricing and branding. Working closely with their industry mentors, each team had to develop a catchy brand and a novel shoe design, finishing with their final activity of the day, a one-minute pitch. In this small amount of time, teams had to communicate their product and business concept to the rest of the students and the three judges, Miss Rolfe, Mrs Pasco and Mrs Solomon-Gardner. The teams all produced high-calibre pitches, covering a wide variety of shoe businesses. In fact, it was a difficult time deciding who was worthy of the awards for innovation, team work, marketing and the delivery of their elevator pitch. A number of teams were highly commended: Eco Sole – they designed a shoe that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen, whilst heating your feet; Halogen Ski Company – for their customisable ski boot; All Size – who created ‘the shoe that grows with you’; Tracker Trainers – whose shoes buzzed left or right like an inbuilt SatNav; Flo – whose pitch Jasper expertly opened and team mates supported; The overall winners for New Business of The Year 2019, The Rubbish Shoe, for their unique shoe made from recycled materials, and their pitch to sell their premium product, The Really Rubbish Shoe! Miss Rolfe has thanked all staff that supported the Young Enterprise morning this year. Additional thanks go to the volunteers from industry for giving motivational testimonials and guiding the students through the development of their concepts.
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