St. Benedicts Catholic School was the last school of the Engaging Enterprise with Education programme this academic year before the final on the 3rd of July at City College Norwich.
Replacing the traditional work experience for students the school had been running an enterprise week. Through the week the school had guest speakers from organisations such as the Army and from banking with the last event being the Inspired Youth enterprise day. The students were all in business dress and ready to take on the challenge.
Michael Drugan, a teacher at the school who heads up enterprise, said “We have been running enterprise and careers projects all week. All of it has been building up during the week and this day has been perfect to finish the week on such a high. As well as business engagement we have had real competition and we've seen some real characters showing through today from students who we would not normally see during normal school time."
The students were put through their paces in usual fashion of the project by creating an exhibition displaying all the best tourism from the region with the guidance of local businesses from this industry.
Sponsoring the event was Center Parcs, represented by Paul Stewart, the leisure services manager. Being such a large local player and employer in the tourism industry, the students were keen to get his advice on their business ideas. Paul said "Center Parcs were delighted to be able to support and sponsor this event, it was great to see so many students enthused about travel and tourism, the creativity displayed was excellent."
Awards on the day were given to the overall best project, the best marketing project, the most socially economically aware and the individual contribution of the day. The winners of overall best project were Emily Vango, Ellie Vickers, Laura Wardrop and Katherine Greenwell from Too Awesome. Who created a time travel door that took you from anywhere in the world to what you would enjoy in East Anglia by reading your mind. Pushing the idea to incredible heights, everything you came across was edible.
The best marketing project went to team the creativity of the flying carnivorous potatoes with the carriage of imagination, the most socially economically aware went to the environmentally friendly Double D and the individual of the day went to Alkaid Arao for his enthusiasm and motivation of taking the task with both hands.
The project has been organised by Inspired Change in partnership with the City College Norwich. Managing Director of Inspired Change Rob Whitwood commented on the success of the project this year. "It's been a fantastic few months working with so many students and so many businesses. The level of creativity and energy has been amazing and at times inspirational. We are all really looking forward to the final next week at City College Norwich."
For more details on the project visit www.inspired-youth.co.uk
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