Top young entrepreneurs go head-to-head in regional enterprise final
Friday, 24 April 2015
The best young entrepreneurs in South Essex have gone head-to-head at Seevic College, aiming for the chance represent the UK in the European Final of the Young Enterprise competition.
The Young Enterprise Area Finals for South Essex were held at Seevic College on Thursday 16 April 2015.
Two teams from Seevic College plus individual teams from The Appleton School, St Thomas More High School, Westcliff High School for Boys and Westcliff High School for Girls took part in the competition.
Each team operated a stand in a trade fair and delivering a presentation - all assessed by a panel of expert judges from the world of business.
The competition was won by The Appleton School team, who will now progress to the national competition final. Their company, WoW (World of Wood), works in cooperation with other students at the school to create recycled wood and glass products.
Amanda Thurston, Deputy Head of Vocational Studies at Seevic College, said: “All the young people involved in this competition have gone above and beyond what is expected of them and can be hugely proud of their achievement in reaching the Area Finals.
"The competition has hugely increased the employability of all the young people involved."
“The competition demonstrated the value of great teamwork, communication skills and showing attention to detail. Being part of the competition has hugely increased the employability of all the young people involved.”
The Seevic College team, Aspire, which specialised in fashion manufacture and sales, was comprised of students Harry Clarke, 18, Paige Roffey, 18, Oliver Jarvis, 19 and Natasha Carroll, 18.
The Young Enterprise Company Programme equips students in Further Education with the skills, attitudes and entrepreneurial experience needed to build successful careers, achieve real business success and foster enterprise skills for their future.
The programme is delivered across the academic year, in addition to a student’s normal curriculum programme, and enables young people to set up and run their own businesses.