Level 3 Students and Secondary Business trainees.

Level 3 students get enterprising

Level 3 Horticulture, Floristry and Environmental Art students join with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) trainee business teachers to start up mini enterprise businesses to raise money for RAG week.

Level 3 Students and Secondary Business trainees.

Level 3 Students and Secondary Business trainees.

Three PGCE Business trainees from the MMU Cheshire campus recently organised Enterprise workshops for 30 of our Level 3 Horticulture, Environmental Art and Floristry students.

The sessions were delivered over three days focusing on marketing, setting up a mini enterprise business, how to ‘pitch’ an idea to investors and finance. The students were split into five groups with business enterprise themes based around a college dating agency, selling plants, stone decorating, stationery and selling sweets.

In true ‘Apprentice’ style themes were judged by a panel of university and college staff and prizes awarded for best display stand, overall profit made and overall business idea.

Now in its third year, this joint project aims to provide students with valuable skills in team working, problem solving and enterprise skills.  Benefits to the students include the chance gain additional experience to discuss at job interviews and the opportunity to work and teach alongside colleagues.

Pauline Mallison, Subject Coordinator for PGCE Secondary Business Education, said “Working collaboratively with Reaseheath helps to enhance the employability of our trainees.”

Reaseheath RAG also gained from the enterprise profits with £173.36 going towards our nominated charity, British Heart Foundation.  A good experience all round!