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Young Enterprise Initiative For Year 8 Students

Entrepreneurial spirit has been in full flow this week as students have been involved in a Young Enterprise initiative.

In a first event of its kind for the enterprise charity Young Enterprise East Midlands, Corby Business Academy and Brooke Weston College students are pitting their business ideas against each other.

As part of the project, teams of Year 8 students develop their concepts during a one day intensive brainstorm and on the following day the ideas are put before a judging panel at CBA business link Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Half of Year 8 undertook the presentation on Wednesday and the second half will go before the judging panel tomorrow (Friday).

On Wednesday, after making it to the final, a CBA team won a creativity award for its Eco laptop idea.

As part of the two-day intensive course the students are taught business skills through practical sessions.

They have to come up with a product idea and then produce a prototype and deliver a presentation to sell their scheme to the judges.

The Young Enterprise scheme is in-line with the Academy's business specialism and has complimented the business themed study that students currently undertake.

Young Enterprise mentor Paul Howkins, is putting the students through their enterprise paces.

He said: "The business sector often complains that young people are not ready for the business world when they enter education, so it is important that business engages with schools to contribute to student's understanding.

"This course gives students an early insight into all matters of business, such as teamwork and problem solving and marketing.

He added: "I am seriously impressed with the level of innovation the students have shown."

A gallery of photos is available to view in the BHE section of the website.