Tuesday 13th July 2010 by C. Freeman
More than 1,000 students from three Academies took part in enterprise projects at Brooke Weston. Mr Robin Neighbour, from Young Enterprise, led the activities that took place on nine separate days during this term.
Year 7 and 8 students from Brooke Weston, Corby Business Academy and Kettering Science Academy joined forces to work on projects that gave them an understanding of business principles. During each session students from each Academy were formed into mixed teams where they initially had team-building exercises followed by a more in-depth project.
Business topics covered included coming up with a profitable product, making sure the production costs are manageable then marketing it to a target audience. Students also covered topics on staffing, business planning and recruitment.
Mr Neighbour said: 'Although each of these sessions was different, the aim was the same, to introduce students to broader concepts involving modern day business. They interacted well, both within their teams and with the business mentors and teachers who offered advice and support throughout. There was a great deal of collaboration and discussion during the course of these workshops and the students came up with many interesting and original ideas.'
The Year 7 students attended day-long courses entitled 'Our World', while the more in-depth Year 8 tasks 'Enterprise in Action' took place over two days and each culminated in a Dragon's Den style presentation where the top teams battled it out for their product to be overall winner.
Business mentors Rory Slater and Julia Watson.
On each occasion mentors from local businesses helped the students by providing advice and guidance. Mr Rory Slater, Derbyshire 2012 Olympic Legacy Coordinator said: 'I thought it was great that you had students from three different schools together sharing experiences and getting on. You could see their eyes light up and you could tell they had learned something. To me that's worth it.'
Julia Watson of events management company W17 Ltd said: 'It's the first time I've done anything like this. There was a good mix of students and what was really encouraging was the way they all worked with students from other schools.'
Mr Neighbour, who has led several previous one-day workshops here said: 'This is the first time we have run so many Enterprise sessions for this amount of students at one time. It is the biggest project I have ever put together. What made it particularly interesting was the fact that the students had not met before and each brought their own individual skills to their teams. The students from all Academies and both year groups got a great deal out of the project; as well as a greater understanding of business, they also had a great time honing their collaboration and negotiating skills.'