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Longsands students go head-to-head with mentors

Pupils at the Cambridgeshire academy were challenged to develop and operate a profitable business idea in a Young Ideas Factory

Posted by Julian Owen | March 23, 2018 | School life

The dynamic nature of business is starting to be realised among students at Longsands Academy, Cambridgeshire, with year 8 pupils quickly becoming accustomed to the reality of what lies ahead post-education.

10 forms of 30 students were propelled into a working environment and challenged with the notion of developing a profitable business idea, to be collectively operated for a four-month period.

Ten “fascinating” business plans have been submitted, including video CV interfaces, personalised stress balls and healthy recipe books.

The first task the children faced was to suitably assign roles, determining which students fancied testing their credentials at the upper-echelons of the hierarchy and fulfilling director positions. Then there were those who preferred more hands-on roles associated with any operating company – marketing, finance, human resources, production, etc.

With little - if any - exposure to such responsibilities, students met with like-minded people holding down similar jobs, allowing them to better understand the daily challenges, routines, importance and attributes required to successfully pursue said positions.

"The Young Ideas Factory presents a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to engage in different activities commonly utilised in pursuit of a career."

Seven division heads from local business, Mick George Ltd, visited the school to provide dedicated mentoring sessions, offering experience and advice on how to positively impact their businesses.

Jacqui Powell, Enterprise Teacher at Longsands Academy, said: ‘’Even at this early stage, we have already witnessed the students testing new skillsets, which is exactly what we wanted. The representatives from Mick George Ltd have provided the students with a real insight on employment.’’

Students will hope to utilise all they've learnt ahead of completion of the initiative on 25th June 2018.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd, commented: "The Young Ideas Factory presents a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to engage in different activities commonly utilised in pursuit of a career. We hope that, with our assistance and experience from an employer’s perspective, we can offer significant benefits to the initiative. Those who have visited the students have been very impressed with the way they have embraced the challenge.’’

 

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