Young Enterprise - Year 10 Project Business Seminar – Thursday 4th February 2016
Project Business brings the world of business and enterprise to life. It provides a dynamic and eye opening experience for Year 10 students as they take on the role of a small business for the day. On Thursday 4th February 2016, the Year 10 pupils attended a half-day business seminar successfully co-ordinated by Gail Hamilton (Training Manager) who was ably assisted by the AS Level Business Studies students.
After a few ice-breaker games to get the pupils ‘warmed up’, the Year 10s were soon gaining an insight into enterprise and an introduction to GCSE Business Studies. The pupils explored a range of key business concepts through a variety of practical group-based activities, such as setting up their own bead making business. The teams of pupils had to buy various materials from their suppliers and create beaded bracelets to sell to customers. The pupils also learnt about health and safety in the work place and quality control. Following this activity, the pupils had to demonstrate how they would deal with an incident of bad publicity in their business.
Year 13 AS Level Business Studies pupils who attended the QUB School of Management Taster Programme
on Wednesday 27th January 2016.
YPI is an organisation that grants money to community-based social service charities each year. The charities that receive the money is decided by pupils in school-based philanthropy projects. Year 14 pupils at Foyle College had the opportunity to make contact with a charity that they thought deserved a £3000 prize from YPI.
Six groups of pupils were chosen to go forward to the finals, which were held on Wednesday 20th January. Each group provided information on their chosen charity and told us about the good work that could be done if their charity were to win £3000.
The charities that the groups chose to represent were RNIB, Foyle Sailability, St.John’s Ambulance NI, Children in Crossfire, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust and The Phoenix ADHD Project.
Although there was close competition, Lydia Cullen, Aaron McFarland and Amy Gardiner were selected as the group with the best overall presentation and therefore won £3000 for The Foyle Down Syndrome Trust.