Launch pad for enterprising young students

Written by Eleanor on 7th May 2019

Students at Chichester College enjoyed an introduction to business last week.

Groups of students from both Chichester and Brinsbury came together for two special Young Enterprise Launch Pad sessions, which saw them working with inspirational volunteers from industry to discover and cultivate key skills.

Through hands-on activities run over the course of a single day, the students worked in teams to develop plans 'launch' a fledging  business.

They were tasked with creating a brand identity and marketing strategy, balancing budgets while learning more about the different roles that contribute to running a business.

Travel and Tourism student Risako Uematsu said: "I really enjoyed this event as it has helped me find out how to set up new business event, and be part of a team."

The activities were run by representatives from Young Enterprise and organised by Mickey Day, Senior Student Experience Champion, and Lianne Grogan, Higher Education Progression Coach at Chichester College.

Lianne said: "It's really important for our students to have a good knowledge of the world of work, and this was a great way for them to use their own skills as well as meet employers.

"It not only taught them the foundations needed in enterprise, but helped them to gain an understanding of their own strengths and the importance of teamwork - as well as putting their skills into practice."

Among the business volunteers on hand to offer advice and guidance was former Chichester College student Emma Treby, who now works at Metlife as a project manager.

She added: "In a world where digital is everywhere day-to-day, it's great to see students interact and discuss what business is about."