Students engage their business brains for GEW 2016

Trafford College students have been celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 with a series of enterprise challenges across the College.

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The event, which kicked off on 10 November, marks the start of a week of global activities that highlight and celebrate entrepreneurship, as well as bringing together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, and offering practical support to those who are interested in setting up their own business or developing their business networks.

As part of the event, Trafford College has been running a series of activities for students to get involved in, helping them to generate new business ideas, develop their enterprise skills, and showcase their talent as the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Student representatives taking part from across the College, including Hair and Beauty, Tourism, Business, Law, Enterprise and Foundation Learning, saw the College’s Altrincham campus transformed into a hub of entrepreneurial activity where they got the chance to work on their business ideas with tutors and guest speakers.

Candidates were invited to work in teams to develop essential enterprise skills such as innovation, problem solving and networking. Year one and two Enterprise students set up their trading stalls and marketed their handmade candles and frames business, Crames, along with a handmade glitter wine glasses business. Students also made a deluxe hamper and were selling raffle tickets to raise funds for their business.

The excitement didn’t end there for the students. They also gained a fascinating insight into what it takes to be an entrepreneur when guest speaker and College ambassador, Neil Clough, star of the hit TV show ‘The Apprentice, joined them in the College’s Aspire Restaurant to deliver an inspirational talk on his journey to success. Neil was joined by Danny Callan from award winning online digital agency, Ice Box Designs.

Student, Ronan Harvey commented, “It was really great to hear about the entrepreneurs’ journeys and how they have progressed to get where they are now.”

Fellow student, Leah Kilvert, added, “I found the event really interesting and useful, as I learned the steps needed to build a business and how to promote yourself successfully.

Pierina Bower, Lecturer in Enterprise, Business and Computing commented, “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a fantastic opportunity for our talented students to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills. It’s great to see so many students from across so many different areas of the College coming together to celebrate a shared passion for Business and Enterprise.”

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