Shipley College students are getting involved in a Young Enterprise Project hoping to represent West Yorkshire. Each team will come up with a business idea and produce a business plan for making, selling or producing goods and services.
In each team, roles will be allocated to cover management, finance, marketing and distribution in order to make the idea a successful business. The experience will develop the students’ employability skills including teamwork, communication and general confidence.
They will sell their products or services to the public through a range of opportunities including trade fairs, craft markets and links with local retailers.
In January, Nav Chohan, the Principal of the College, will be holding ‘Dragon’s Den’ type auditions where teams will present their business plans in order to secure an investment to support their business ideas.
There will be local, regional, national and even European competitions to attend for a chance to move to the next level.
Chloe McNeil from Young Enterprise says, ‘This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved with a project where they can develop and progress a business idea while learning essential skills about business. It is also a great opportunity to get the skills and experience which helps your CV or UCAS application to stand out.
After the project is complete, it is hoped that this will have given the businesses a kick start which the teams can progress into new profit-making businesses.
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