Our Sixth Formers have scooped an award for Best Financial Management after producing and selling their own range of jewellery as part of a Young Enterprise project. The group are now through to the regional final in May.
They formed their company, Naked No More, as part of the IEC initiative at Brooke Weston promoting their goods at trade fairs across the region and each responsible for a different aspect of the company's operation.
The students received their award at the area finals at Corby Cube when Kieron Carter and Brandon Taylor, the group’s managing and marketing directors respectively, gave a presentation to the audience of local dignitaries, business delegates and teams from other local schools.
Kieron said: ‘We have all learned a lot and have developed confidence. We have all led different aspects of the process like production or marketing so have been able to demonstrate our individual strengths within the team.’
Naked No More also comprises Rachel Harrison, Kiara Pillay, Dasha Palamarchuck, Guiseppina Geranio, Anya Scoular and Megan Duffy. In addition to their Best Financial Management award, the group were also accredited as runners up by the Northampton and Daventry area board, which enables them to go through to the next stage of the competition.
They are being mentored by librarian Mr Jones who said: ‘Although the team were ‘runners up’ in this heat of the Young Enterprise scheme this is still an outstanding achievement, many national finalists and regional winners in the past have first achieved a runners-up position at an area final. Competition in the Young Enterprise scheme is incredibly tough and standards are very high. To get through to the next round shows that these students have committed more to the success of their company than the average team and this has been judged to be the case by a board of industry professionals.
‘Since October these students have given up their evenings, weekends and holidays to make their company work; showing a level of drive and dedication that is outstanding, particularly for students who have only just started Sixth Form.
‘The toughest part of the scheme for both myself and our business advisors from RCI, Marcus Atkins and Claire Waddington, is that we have been there to support and advise the students but could not be too hands on; so we have sometimes had to allow the students to fail or make mistakes so that they can learn and develop. It has been hard witnessing the lows as well as the highs and not being able to step in and solve everything for them. It is overcoming those challenges that has benefitted the team most as it has all been down to their own work.
‘ Having the opportunity to observe this remarkable group of young people achieve so much in just six months has been incredibly rewarding. They also are now in a position where they have something solid to put on their CVs that is recognised by leading employers and members of industry as a hallmark for hard work, drive and commitment, which will benefit them for years to come.’