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Sheffield College enterprise students are developing their business skills as a result of an ambitious curriculum project backed by one of the city’s leading entrepreneurs.
Twenty students at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, based at The Sheffield College’s City campus on Granville Road, have been set a real life international expansion project as part of their coursework.
Lewis Bowen, Managing Director of Air, named by Virgin as one of the top four entrepreneurs to watch out for in 2016, set the brief. The company on Hillfoot Industrial Estate develops cleaner fuel products.
As part of their course and qualification, students researched countries for the company to expand its new and innovative candle product, identifying the feasibility and size of opportunity for expansion.
They presented their findings to Lewis Bowen, who was part of a panel of business experts, at the College last month, and the best pitch was chosen. The winning team was Callum Burns, 16, Molly Buckley,18, and Frank Masvinge,18.
Student Callum Burns said: “I loved taking part in the international expansion consultancy project. Applying what you learn in the classroom to real life businesses really develops our understanding and key skills such as problem solving and communication.”
Lewis Bowen, Managing Director of Air, added: “It was an absolute pleasure to be involved. I was blown away by the quality of the presentations and this is testament to the students. Businesses should be tapping into the mind of young fresh ideas more often.”
The BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at The Sheffield College equips young people with the skills and knowledge to either set up their own businesses, help them shine in an existing one, or go on to higher education.
Students work on real life business challenges and launch their own start-up as part of the course. Business specialists and entrepreneurs pass on advice and specialist knowledge. Learners also complete work placements.
Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “I am very grateful for the involvement of local business people such as Lewis Bowen. Helping to develop the next generation of successful young entrepreneurs is good for the city of Sheffield as well as the future prospects of our students.”
For more information on Air, click here. For details about full-time courses beginning this September, click here or call 0114 2602600. Employers who want to support the curriculum can contact the College via firstname.lastname@example.org.