RS Components have kindly donated ten Raspberry Pi devices to our Sixth Form team that took part in the Young Enterprise scheme this year. The company had already kindly hosted trade fairs at their premises, and they donated the electronic devices to three local school teams who took part in the Young Enterprise scheme.
The scheme supports Sixth Formers as they set up and run their own business for a year. Teams compete at local, regional and national levels and the Brooke Weston team, Sasindo, manufactured and sold their own range of candles. They were runners up in the Best Company category at the area finals and won ‘Best Health and Safety’ and ‘Best Marketing’ categories in the county finals.
Jack Crane headed up the eight-strong team. He said: ‘RS Components like to support the programme and we had two trade fairs at RS; one which they organised and the other where we asked to go along. We sold a lot of candles and it was the place where we were most successful. All the employees were quite keen to help and it is very generous of RS to donate the Raspberry Pis.
‘We have learned that business is quite challenging, it is not as easy as it seems and it doesn’t always go to plan. You can map out what you are going to do but it doesn’t necessarily happen. You learn about other people and how to work as a team to get things done. I would definitely recommend the Young Enterprise scheme, it is worthwhile and really teaches you a lot. Standing in a place you don’t know and talking to people you don’t know while trying to sell them something definitely develops useful life skills and confidence!’