15th October 2018

Young Enterprise Interviews

This is our third year participating in the Young Enterprise competition where students refine their employability skills over an academic year by working in effective teams to setup up and run their own company developing, marketing and selling profitable products. Teams are judged on overall company success, governance, marketing and financial management.

Participating students needs to take on a specific role within their team. Every team needs a Company Director, a Marketing & IT Director, a HR & Admin Director, a Finance Director, and an Operations and Sales Director. This year Tim Griffin, our Economics teacher leading on Young Enterprise, arranged for experts from industry to formally interview our 34 students taking part in the Young Enterprise competition.

The interviews took place on Wednesday the 3rd October and tested the students on their suitability for the Young Enterprise competition and their preferred position in their chosen company. The interviewers assessed each student’s employability skills and gave them advice on how to improve these skills in their role, with the expected outcome being four motivated and extremely effective Young Enterprise teams!

We are really grateful to the following business experts for their time and expertise: Charles Gould from FutherMyFuture, Vanessa Lenormand from Ocasta, Mathilde Barbier from Shine Offline, Mike Eaton from Skills Training UK, Julie Hall from St Barnabas House, and Eugenie Teasley from Uber.

Our students excelled themselves and impressed the interviewers. Mathilde’s testimonial praised our students’ willingness to stretch their comfort zone and practice their communication and interview skills in preparation for the working environment, and the practical skills development opportunities offered by Tim and the competition.

Andrew Shepherd
Head of Business and Economics