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Year 9 Enterprise Days

Our Year 9 students participated this week in an Enterprise Day organised and delivered by our Lower Sixth IBCP students as part of their Personal Professional Skills module which focuses on transferable work and life competencies. The IBCP course emphasises critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively – all skills that our Lower Sixth students had to adopt for this project.

The Year 9 task for the day was to create an ethical café / food outlet and produce and present a business plan for it, including a budget & marketing strategy. The students were very fortunate in having some “experts” on hand to assist them in the task – namely representatives from Lloyds Bank, local independent entrepreneurs Abigail’s Lifestyle and Delicatessen and alumni entrepreneur, Jamey McIvor along with the marketing co-ordinator from the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society. These experts presented some key ideas on entrepreneurial skills, budgeting, marketing and corporate social responsibility to the students and were then on hand throughout the day for students to “drop in” for more specific advice and guidance. In the afternoon each group presented their creations to our expert panel who judged them and awarded prizes.

 Lower Sixth IBCP students commented, “As part of the IBCP we have the opportunity to run the Enterprise Day here at the Anglo. This day helps us develop skills such as time management, organisation, team work and event management.” “We were able to discover skills we didn’t know we had, and were able to give back to the school.”

One Year 9 student said, “This event has been really challenging but this helps you for the future.  It has been really good learning from the professionals; seeing how they do it and applying it to ourselves.”

One of our professional colleagues remarked, “It’s important to us as local businesses to support the community and the Enterprise Day gives us that opportunity. It’s wonderful to hear the students’ uninhibited ideas and then to take that creativity and help them craft it into a viable business opportunity is extremely rewarding. The students seem to enjoy the experience and they gain some valuable lessons in business over the course of the day.”

Fiona Bell, Careers Leader and Ben Knights IBCP Co-Ordinator for AES concluded, “These days are a unique multi-faceted opportunity for both our Year 9 and Lower Sixth IBCP students. For Year 9, they experience being entrepreneurs, considering the ethical, social and moral responsibilities of opening a business, developing their financial awareness, creativity, teamwork and presentation skills. For the Lower Sixth students, they are organising a corporate event and have all of the responsibilities that this entails: business meetings with the experts, coordinating resources, venues and students, as well as themselves! They can see how their soft skills improve and develop between the 1st and 2nd days, receive expert feedback and start networking with professionals.” Hello Abigail. CapitalFlowers