Wednesday 26th October 2016
Young Enterprise success at John Leggott College!
This interactive workshop was designed to offer guidance, support and inspiration on running an effective business as part of the students’ enrolment on the Young Enterprise programme.
Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. With support from John Leggott College staff, the scheme makes the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed in key areas including confidence building, problem-solving, teamwork and effective communication.
David Gillman, Business Teacher at John Leggott College has been a Link Teacher for Young Enterprise for the past 22 years:
“The Young Enterprise programme gives young people a fantastic opportunity to run a real business, and our students have been very creative over the years, developing many new product ideas and taking them to markets both within and outside the college. The students learn about all the functions of a business, which gives them a good understanding of how businesses operate. Holding meetings and trying to decide on strategies is quite demanding for them, as they balance the different ideas from their peers. Students often find it challenging to make key decisions as they begin to understand the complexity of group dynamics.
“The students that take part in the Young Enterprise programme grow so much in confidence over the year, attend trade fairs and get involved in the annual competition against other schools and colleges. They find the advisors a real asset to the experience as they ask for guidance from them and we cannot thank the advisors enough for their contributions over the years.”
The skills that students develop as part of the Young Enterprise programme are essential in an academic environment and will serve them well as they take the next step in their careers. From developing a strong understanding of how a business works to working as part of a team, communicating effectively and also enjoying opportunities to develop initiative, confidence and self-esteem, the benefits of the scheme are limitless!
Speaking about the event, Principal Leon Riley said “As a forward-looking college we were delighted to host the first Young Enterprise event of the academic year. John Leggott College is an ideal venue for such an event, where we are committed to developing strong links with the local community and wider partners. It was wonderful to be inspired by young people from local schools, where they engaged in activities designed to develop skills that are instrumental in effectively progressing to the next stage of their careers.”