On 3rd February 16 Removes travelled to Wychwood School in North Oxford for a joint Young Enterprise collaboration for the day.
The aim of the day was to recognise and practice the eight key components for employability beyond excellent academic results. The eight components are as follows: confidence, initiative, financial literacy, communication, problem solving, organisation, resilience and team work.
The excellent Young Enterprise team, consisting of two Young Enterprise Managers (Alison Pexton & Jackie Bryant), Allen Gibbons (Group CEO at IWCS) and Tim Stanbury (Head of Finance at Young Enterprise), delivered a highly stimulating and interactive programme, requiring the students to collaborate innovate and to achieve a number of different tasks. These included team building games, understanding the impact of logos and company names, bridge building, designing new products and giving presentations in the form of product pitches. Along the way there was also time to study some marketing and advertising techniques.
By the end of the day the boys and girls had mixed easily, working together to achieve their goals; it was very difficult to decide on the winning team. The final task had been to pitch some new footwear to a select team of ‘Dragons’.
Ideas included shoes that charged up phones on impact with the ground, shoes that had springs built into the soles, and ‘James Bond’ shoes with hidden gadgets and weapons. However the winning pitch incorporated a shoe in which it was easy to change the tread eg trainers could easily be converted, for example, from tennis, to astro, or football.
Our thanks go to Liz Reeze at Wychwood School for inviting, organising and hosting us; I certainly hope that we will be able to repeat the experience next year.