City’s students exercise business skills as Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 continues

Students from St Mary’s College are among many attending mid-week events at Craven Park Stadium for Hull Youth Enterprise Week 2019.

Hundreds of students from the city’s schools and colleges, covering all ages, are engaging in business tasks and workshops at Hull’s Youth Enterprise events, during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of innovation and enterprise, active in 150 countries across the world. GEW aims to inspire people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

Co-ordinated and delivered by Hull City Council’s Youth Enterprise team, the mid-week workshops at Craven Park see students using their fledgling entrepreneurial skills to tackle typical business challenges together. Each group of students have to work as a team to complete a design task set by a local business. Former TV Apprentice finalist Adam Corbally is offering participating students some motivating advice and encouragement, sharing his stories of success and development.

On Wednesday, the 16+ year group were set a business challenge around developing a new product for the Swift Group. On Thursday, secondary school students will be set a business challenge around developing an event at the Craven Park Stadium for the Sangwin Group. Finally, on Friday, primary age pupils will take part in a challenge focusing on the Craven Park Stadium as a venue – exploring innovative ideas and uses for the stadium.

Among the schools attending the events this week are students from St Mary’s College. Ms Victoria Hudson is Head of the Department for Computer Science, Business, Economics and Enterprise at the college. St Mary’s College received the Most Enterprising School award in 2017 and 2018, and have been nominated for the category again this year. Ms Hudson herself received the Most Enterprising Teacher award in 2017, was nominated for it in 2018, and has again been nominated in the awards again this year.

Ms Hudson said: “Enterprise skills are an essential part of a young person’s development, whether it is for education, higher education or personal reasons. It is vital that we equip our young people with the skills to give them the best start, it can also help them stand out above other students when it comes to employment and university applications. This is why we participate in these Youth Enterprise Week activities during GEW 2019 and enterprise events throughout the academic year.”

Former TV Apprentice finalist Adam Corbally inspects St Mary’s College students’ challenge.

Harvey Bibby, sixth form student at St Mary’s College, said: “I am looking forward to the team work, meeting new people, and winning!” Millie King, another student from the college, said: “I’m looking forward to developing my team work skills, communication skills and problem solving.”

Ms Hudson added: “During the week, students have used their entrepreneurial skills to try and build a bridge out of paper that will hold a box of text books, as well as designing a new product for Swift Group. The students had to come up with a Product name, Product type, design the product, Identify the USP, identify the target demographic and come up with a target price and the reasons for that cost. These skills – communication, problem solving, decision making, leadership, taking risks – are transferable across so many situations.”

Hull’s Youth Enterprise Week, part of GEW 2019, will finish on Friday with the Annual Celebration and Awards Evening. 10 youth enterprise awards will be presented, including: The Maxwell Bird Most Enterprising School, The Kevin McNamara Most Enterprising Teacher and the Sheila Waudby Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The awards will be presented by the Lord Mayor of Hull, and all funds raised at the event will go to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

[Jerome Whittingham – Editor HULL IS THIS]