Young Enterprise Awards

03 May 2019   |   Phil Burns, Assistant Principal   |   Phoenix Park Academy, Sevenhills Academy

Students from Phoenix Park and Sevenhills Academy competed in the Young Enterprise Company Programme Area Showcase against six mainstream schools. Company Programme enables students to experience what it’s like to set up and run their own Business. Their brief was to set up as a business and work as a team planning, designing and creating a product(s) to sell to members of the public. Ezee Lights (Phoenix Park Academy) created a desk lamp and Electric Thizzle (Sevenhills Academy) created bags made from old clothing and also mobile phone charger holders.

Both companies spent months choosing their Director roles, researching and preparing their products which were then sold at trade fairs in shopping centres across the region on weekends. This culminated in a presentation delivered to approximately 100 people in the Area Showcase. Their presentation included the journey they had been on, the obstacles they had faced and how they overcame them and an over view of their finances. Each team was very nervous, however presented with confidence and belief in their business. After what seemed like a lifetime the judges returned, Sevenhills Academy were runners up and Phoenix Park Academy were overall winners! Judges’ comments included “they knew their data better than anyone”, and “they are amazing”

Both teams have now progressed through to the South Humber County Final where they are competing against schools from South Axholme Academy (Epworth) & Frederick Gough School (Scunthorpe). One team out of the four will progress through to the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Final which then leads into the UK National Final in London…fingers crossed it’s one of us.

Students have commented about how much they are enjoying learning about enterprise and some of them want to continue this further and are ready to look at apprenticeships and business opportunities for the future. They also spoke about wanting to beat the mainstream schools that had “let them down” and “who didn’t want us”.

We could not be prouder of our students, they are a credit to our academies and of the hard work that staff have put in to provide these opportunities. #ThisIsAP #WeMakeaDifference

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