Seevic students set up their own businesses
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Business students at Seevic College have had a year of success – winning five out of ten prizes up for grabs at a county-wide competition.
The Young Enterprise programme sees students from the college pitting themselves against others from schools and colleges across Essex.
Level 2 Business and Pathways students sold products at the college in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, to raise money for Southend-based homeless charity HARP.
Then four groups from the Level 3 Business course competed against 15 teams from local schools and colleges at trade fairs in Chelmsford and Southend. They sold products they had created to the general public
Phillip Stone, programme co-ordinator for Business, said: “All student groups broke even and demonstrated excellent customer service and entrepreneurial spirit.
“Every year the students surprise me with their ingenuity and creativity. This year we have had four excellent teams including ‘Team Vegetize’ which came up with a fun way of getting children to eat their vegetables and ‘Ribbons’ who put together a Christmas ‘winter warmer’ hamper.”
“I’m proud of them for doing so well in this first round of the competition and we will be working hard to continue this winning streak.”
The Young Enterprise scheme sees students go through the entire process of bringing a new product to market.
Groups come up with an idea or concept, contact manufacturers and suppliers to get the product made then brand, package and market it.
Alan Gilbertson, 18, is MD of team Vegetize. The group came up with a drawing stencil kit to encourage children aged three to nine to eat more vegetables.
He said: “It was fun, I really enjoyed selling our product that we had made from scratch. It’s a good experience, get out of the classroom and do something practical.
“I want to go into the stock market or brokering but I do like sales so I think that could be another option.”
Before competing, the teams present their business plans to Railscape who provide feedback and support as to how the groups can develop their ideas further.
Winners had to meet tough judging criteria which included business viability, ethical consideration, innovation and customer service.
Across the week, Seevic students won two runners up awards, two judges’ awards and one award for customer service.
Students will continue to be part of the Young Enterprise programme until the end of the academic year and will be competing against other teams for a place in the Essex final.
Seevic College merged with Palmer’s College in Grays in August this year. Palmer’s College business students take part in Thurrock’s Next Top Boss challenge.
Dan Pearson, Principal and CEO of Seevic Palmer’s College, said: “The Young Enterprise programme is an excellent opportunity for our students to get involved in the real-life practicalities of setting up a business from scratch.
“This is part of the college’s approach to a career-led education and ensuring every student leaves here ready for Higher Education or the world of work.”
Level 3 Business is available at both Benfleet and Grays campus at Seevic Palmer’s College. Students study a programme that looks into the modern business environment, helping to develop a strong set of vocational business skills.
Find out more about our range of courses at our next Open Evenings. Grays campus on Thursday 11 January 6-8.30pm or Benfleet campus on Tuesday 6 February, 6-8.30pm. Pre-book online to beat the queues.