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EBP Business of Enterpise

July 15th - 2013
King Ethelbert School - Business of Enterprise In-School Final

The King Ethelbert School selected their winning team for next year’s Business of Enterprise final, with a keenly contested final that once again saw their Year 9 excel when competing in the project. Several groups presented, but only one team was crowned the overall winner as the judges were able to come to a general consensus despite their own personal favourites.

It is perhaps one of the toughest elements of the competition that not every group can have their hard work openly rewarded, but it must be remembered that the project is a journey, spread over several weeks, allowing the students to work with genuine employers and learn the fundamental basics behind setting up a new business.

Such an experience will be invaluable as they gradually enter into the working world and make the transition from the classroom to the work environment.

EBP Kent - Words for Work

July 15th - 2013
Hartsdown Technology College - Words for Work

An incredible four weeks culminated in the ‘Words for Work’ Hartsdown Technology College students visiting the Innovation Centre in Broadstairs, Kent, to experience the surroundings of a genuine business environment. The ‘Words for Work’ programme was designed to support/improve the literacy and communication skills for school students, via the tutelage and mentoring of business ambassadors. The range of content and the efforts of the volunteers, who attended the school each week, were displayed in some extremely confident and clear presentations that gained rapturous applause at the end.

The impact of such a programme is intensified when laid against a national backdrop, where literacy and communication skills are topics of major importance. Each group showed a significant improvement, with a number of students who had previously refused to stand up and present, now ready and willing to articulate their findings to a large audience. Thank you to Cummins Power Generation, who contributed so much to the success of the project.

EBP Kent - Business of Enterprise Final: Winners

July 11th - 2013
The Business of Enterprise Final

For once, this year, the sun shone brightly illuminating the plush surroundings of the Natwest/RBS headquarters, where the winners of this year’s ‘Business of Enterprise’ in-school finals, battled it out to be crowned overall champions. If there was ever the perfect example of elevating employment aspirations that the project can offer students, then the reaction of this year’s competitors to the incredible surroundings was it. It is fitting that a project capable of having such a high impact should have its final in such a prestigious venue and this year, the final delivered a stage of the grandest order. Still, with so much at stake, the various groups of students had little time to waste as last minute preparations were made for the imminent presentations, and marketing stalls were carefully arranged to best entice the judges.

To present at any stage can be a daunting experience, but, incredibly, not one of the students seemed to show a trace of nerves. Clearly the months of mentoring had paid off, but it was still an incredible achievement considering each group was faced with a panel of business judges who were scrutinising every word uttered. Professional, confident and highly innovative, each team delivered their own brand of marketing with presentations that showed originality in application and verve in conveyance. It is vital, if each group wants to achieve success that the students operate as efficiently as possible via teamwork and communication and there was no doubt that the judges were faced with a glut of well-oiled machines! The transition from speaker to speaker was seamless and the questions posed by the judges, were answered with professional clarity.

It is incredible to think that within six months each team had managed to start-up a business, by building, marketing and financing a brand new idea, but the day, if anything, was a testament to the hard work and ingenuity, displayed by a group of students imminently employable and surely destined for future success. The enormity of time taken in coming up with an overall winner was the perfect indicator of the level of quality on show and a fitting way to bring the curtain down on this year’s competition. The experience will not be easily forgotten by the students who competed; memories that will embolden their CV’s and brighten their future aspirations. 

EBP Kent – Working towards success

July 10th - 2013
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls - Working Towards Success

The Year 9 of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls enjoyed a day of high octane workshops and large-scale team challenges. With the day heavily linked to a range of employability themes, it was important that the students were able to pack as much into the experience as possible. Engineering workshops relied heavily on each student’s ability to communicate effectively, think imaginatively and work in a team efficiently.

Challenges linked to future employment expectations made for a highly tense, but nonetheless, exciting afternoon challenge in which teams of students had the gutsy experience of presenting their findings back to the whole year group! The day proved to be an energetic, but exciting affair that will give many of the students’ food for thought regarding future employment aspirations.

EBP Kent - Business of Enterprise Final: Runners Up

July 9th - 2013
The Business of Enterprise: Runners-Up Final

The toughest part of judging the in-school finals, used to be that you couldn’t send through more than one team. It is easy to forget that the Business of Enterprise involves thousands of students, all working diligently to be crowned champions and to have the honour of representing their school at the county final. This year, however, saw the second ever ‘Runners-Up’ final take place, once again, in the professional surroundings of Cummins Power Generation. The difference between finishing in first place or second place can often be miniscule and it is fantastic that more students now have the opportunity to have their efforts rewarded.

Seven schools sent one team each, who had all come within touching distance of winning their in-school final and were keen to make up for it by achieving victory at Cummins Power Generation. A fantastic selection of judges, were primed to look out for innovation, teamwork and communication, and to decide on the best overall presentation. Each team was also allocated space to put-up a display stand that would better showcase their advertising material and portfolios.

This truly was a triumph for youthful exuberance as each and every presentation exhibited a plethora of marketable ideas that were backed up by a professionalism not necessarily expected from students so young. The presentations, well-rehearsed, were significant for the unique approach that each group took in trying to convince the judges that their concept was worthy of winning. This only added to the overall enjoyment that everyone who participated on the day felt and continues to fuel this incredible project, going a long way towards raising future career aspirations for the many students lucky enough to participate in it.

EBP Kent - Make it Work

July 8th 9th & 10th - 2013
Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School - Make it Work

Companies and industry professionals from across Kent supported the annual ‘Make it Work’ event at the Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School. The entire Year 10 student body took on challenges that were industry specific and tested general employability themes. Robotics, Civil Engineering, Physical Science, Law, Journalism, Fashion and Pharmacy, were areas that students were designated and asked to solve a specific problem that would be researched and presented back at the end of the three days. They were also offered the chance to engage in a one-to-one interview, experiencing their first glimpse of what will be such a pivotal part of their future working lives.

What astounded the numerous ambassadors, who attended the three days, was the high level of professionalism that every student displayed, despite their still relatively young age. The presentations on show at the end of the three days were quite simply remarkable, revealing an incredible amount of detail and research. This was the fourth year for the event and through the incredible support offered by so many employers, the event continues to go from strength to strength.

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July 8th - 2013
Hartsdown Technology College - Word for Work

Week 3 and the students are showing extremely positive signs that the process has had a significantly positive effect. With a final session only a week away, the students knew that they would be under pressure to finalise presentations and clarify what they have learnt into a compact and concise format for the business ambassadors who will be witnessing their final presentations next week.

The atmosphere was tense, as the students realised that they were under pressure to complete their work in time, but thankfully, they took to the constraints admirably and produced some incredibly powerful work. With one week to go, the students appear to have made significant headway and it will be interesting to see the variety on show when they present next week.

EBP Kent - Interview Day

July 5th - 2013
Saint George’s C of E School - Interview Day

Fundamental to the success of any job application will be the ability of a candidate to get through the rigours of an interview. With that in mind the Year 10 of Saint George’s C of E School participated in a day of interviews that offered them a first glimpse into what can often be, an extremely high pressured situation.

Ambassadors from a variety of backgrounds were on hand to offer the setting of a one-to-one interview, asking the students a variety of thought-provoking questions. The impact that the interviews had on each student was incredible, as nervous expressions were replaced by confident smiles. Without question, each student took a great deal away from the experience and will now go into future interviews with their heads held high and their poise greatly emboldened.

EBP Kent - Employability Day

July 4th - 2013
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School - Employability Day

A fast paced day of short, sharp, workshops tested an incredibly capable Year 10, at the Bennett Memorial Diocesan School. With only two weeks until they embark on the unique opportunity of Work Experience, it was important to get them as prepared as possible for the differences they would face compared with the classroom.

Workshops on ‘Health & Safety,’ ‘First Impressions,’ ‘Teamwork’ and ‘Communication,’ will ensure that the students are aware of what is expected of them by employers and compliment their own natural talents as they go forth into the working world.

EBP Kent - Environmental Furnishings

July 3rd - 2013
Saint George’s C of E School - Environmental Furnishings

The Year 9 of Saint George’s C of E School participated in the creative yet messy experience that is Stixx!! Recycling old sheets of newspaper, teams of students were able to create brand new items of furniture, some of which were able to hold a considerable amount of weight! The imagination possessed by some of these young engineers was just remarkable, as a whole host of wonderful inventions created a showroom of extremely marketable products.

On top of actually making their item of furniture, the students were also expected to pitch their idea, by producing a wealth of branding material that would be presented at the end of the day. It was a phenomenal effort by an extremely hard-working body of students, who didn’t allow the quality of work to dip once, despite the tight time constraints placed upon them.

EBP Kent - Entrepreneur Day

July 3rd - 2013
Highworth Grammar School - Entrepreneur Day

The glamorous world of fashion and in particular, cosmetics, arrived at Highworth Grammar School as the entire Year 9 took on the guise of intrepid entrepreneurs. Formulating their own cosmetics company, the students were tasked with the creation, production, branding and financing of a brand new lip product, before presenting their ideas to a panel of business judges.

Previous events have often been punctuated by a cornucopia of colour and creativity, but this year’s batch of students surpassed all expectations by participating in a final that was every bit as competitive as it was fun! A worthy winner was crowned at the end, but not before the judges had gone through the painful process of choosing a victor from such a high quality selection of companies.

EBP Kent - Catering experience

July 1st - 2013
Ursuline College - LIFE

The whole school of the Ursuline College participated in a unique enterprise day, entitled: LIFE. The day offered the students short, sharp, glimpses into the kind of employability themes that will be necessary for when they eventually enter into the working world.

There was a variety of activities on show, with students having to work as a team to build mechanical cranes or figure out the survival techniques needed for a natural disaster.

Communication was high on the agenda as the students succeeded or failed depending on their ability to work as a cohesive unit. Incredibly, despite the time constraints, each group managed to complete their tasks, taking away whole host of emboldened skills and invaluable advice.

EBP Business of Enterpise

July 1st - 2013
King Ethelbert School - Business Surgery

The Business of Enterprise is close to reaching its conclusion, as King Ethelbert’s ‘in-school final’ fast approaches. With so many incredible ideas formulated and a wealth of engaging presentations being prepared, there is no doubt that the judges will have their hands full in deciding who should represent the school at next year’s ‘Grand Final.’

Whoever the lucky winners are, one thing is for sure: King Ethelbert’s will be represented by an incredibly strong team.

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July 1st - 2013
Hartsdown Technology College - Words for Work

Cummins Power Generation visited Hartsdown Technology for a second week as the ‘Words for Work’ programme begins to gather some real speed.

The interview process was analysed, allowing the students to interrogate their ambassador in order to judge body language, general techniques and preparation. Such an activity will be invaluable as the students assess their own confidence and abilities in order to better prepare for a future that will more than likely contain numerous interviews and a varied and fulfilling work life.

Once again the ambassadors were left impressed as the students showed themselves to be mature beyond their years.

EBP Kent - Forensic Day

June 27th - 2013
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys - Interview Day

A wealth of employers turned out to support the Year 10 of the Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, by providing each student with the experience of an interview setting. The employers, from a variety of backgrounds and specialisms, were amazed by the confidence that each pupil displayed in answering the questions posed to them and the professional manner in which they received feedback.

The event has run for four years, but has never been as well supported, with an incredible amount of employers giving up their own time to support the day. This unique experience will prove pivotal as the students reach a stage in their academic and working lives where interviews will become far more of a regular occurrence!

EBP Kent – Interviewing for future success

June 26th - 2013
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys - Employability Day

Work Experience has proven pivotal for so many young people as they edge towards the difficult decision of what to do with their lives. With that in mind it was important that the Year 10 of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys had the opportunity to engage in a carousel of workshops that will better prepare them for the variety of work environments that they will encounter during their work placements.

The students were professional throughout the day and offered extremely positive signs that their respective employers will find many of them to be of major use and an asset regarding certain elements of their work.

EBP Business of Enterpise

June 24th - 2013
King Ethelbert School - Business Surgery

The midway point of the Business of Enterprise project was reached for the Year 9 of the King Ethelbert School, with the students beginning the difficult process of figuring out just how they are going to finance their ideas.

The ambassadors on hand provided some indispensable advice for an area which can be the deciding factor on whether or not a team wins. Thankfully, most of the groups had allocated the financial responsibility to individuals with genuine mathematical acumen. Many of these ideas are market worthy and they now have the finances to prove it.

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June 24th - 2013
Hartsdown Technology College - Words for Work

Ambassadors from Cummins Power Generation attended Hartsdown Technology College to work with students from the Year 7 on a project that will challenge the students to re-evaluate the way they use communication skills and to assess how certain techniques will be of significant importance for when they enter into the working world. Tasks are completed on top of the gradual development of a final presentation which will measure just how far the students have come over the course of four weeks.

The ambassadors will certainly have their work cut out as they try to deliver the content within an intense timeframe, but the day proved just how invaluable the support of local employers can be as the students have already shown signs of benefiting from what will be a hugely impactful project.

EBP Kent - Energise Your Future

June 24, 25 & 28th - 2013
Engineering Challenge: Engineer your Future

For the second year running, seven schools competed against each other to be crowned ‘Engineering Champions’ as they tackled problems linked to the future of power generation. From the Stirling Engine to hydro power, wind to solar, students tackled a series of power generating experiments to better understand the basic principles that would inform their decisions (as well as a great deal of research) on where they saw the future of power generation.

With a final taking place within the innovative surroundings of Cummins Power Generation, the students had to first get to grips with the experiments delivered to them. By researching and, consequently, learning about the theories behind each one, the students were able to work with some degree of efficiency. However, by working with two designated Cummins’ ambassadors, the students were able to get a better understanding of how each experiment is used in everyday life. It also allowed them the chance to think more clearly on the problems faced with the future of the planets dwindling resources.

The final was an incredibly intense affair with students presenting their future ideas to a panel of judges before embarking upon a series of challenges that would contribute to deciding on an overall winner. The challenge goes from strength to strength and will continue to evolve as Cummins find new ways to test and encourage Kent students, informing the UK’s next batch of engineering pioneers.

Overall – Hugh Christie Technology College
Presentation – Dover Christ Church Academy
Innovation – Ursuline College
Teamwork – The Marlowe Academy
Presentation (Q & A) – Dover Christ Church Academy
EBP Kent - Building with Denne Construction

June 18th - 2013
‘Building’ with Denne Construction

Primary School children attending Warden House CPS and Hornbeam CPS recently spent a day discovering all about building and construction skills. Denne Construction led the sessions at both schools with the children, working in small teams, learning how to use the maths that they had learned in the classroom to solve a variety of construction challenges.

This industry led initiative provided the children with an exciting ‘hands on’ opportunity to develop their numeracy skills through construction.  During the day, the children applied what they had been learning in the classroom into real life working practices using angles, ratios, estimates and tables, to successfully complete the tasks with support and advice from Denne Construction. Days such as these provide a context to help learning and to support the development of young people for the workforce of the future.

Headteacher at Warden House, Graham Chisnell was full of praise for the support from Denne Construction:

“The children were taken on a journey of understanding as they saw the clear link between maths skills and the workplace.  Children learnt about Pythagoras theorem and applied this to the construction activity, a great example of maths in action.  This activity helped our young mathematicians to excel in their learning and what is more, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves".

EBP Business of Enterpise

June 17th - 2013
King Ethelbert School - Business Surgery

Business ambassadors visited the Year 9 of the King Ethelbert School, who are currently engaged with the ‘Business of Enterprise’ project. With the planning stages now out of the way, it is full steam ahead as the students think about the best ways to market their idea and get it into the public’s consciousness. As usual, with such a creative school, the students impressed their ambassadors with a dazzling array of innovative ideas.

EBP Business of Enterpise

June 17th - 2013
Sir Roger Manwood’s School - Business of Enterprise

An incredible week of high-tech innovation and scintillating presentations took place at the Sir Roger Manwood’s School as the Year 10 tackled the ‘Business of Enterprise,’ in just under a week! This is no simple feat as the students had to tackle the complicated business of financing their idea as well as deal with the problems of time management and meeting incredibly tight deadlines.

The general mantra of the ‘Business of Enterprise’ is a focus on creativity and the ideas that the numerous groups came up with, were abundant in originality and genuine marketability. Prototypes were furnished in lightening fashion, as well as a plethora of highly original presentations that made the job of choosing an outright winner that much harder for the assembled judges.

The in-school final paid testament to the hard work produced by this incredible group of students, as the judges were astounded by the colourful array of impressive business stands and the professionalism shown by the confident presentations taking place before them! It is highly encouraging to witness such a capable group of young people, who will no doubt go on to lead their future areas of interest to bigger and greater things. For now, though, the overall winners will compete in the ‘Grand Final’ against the best Kent has to offer.

EBP Kent - Skillsfest

June 14th - 2013
Knole Academy - Employability Day

The Year 10 of the Knole Academy will soon be enjoying a healthy dose of ‘Work Experience’ that will be vital in shaping the decisions made regarding future career aspirations. However, it is imperative that the students be as well prepared as possible before embarking on their respective work placements.

Each student was able to enjoy a series of employer-led workshops that would support key employability skills vital to the success each student will achieve when working with their designated employer.

‘Health and Safety,’ ‘Teamwork/Problem Solving’ and ‘First Impressions and Interview Skills’ all offered students interactive workshops that will have ensured the students enter into their placements with a renewed sense of confidence and a great deal of energy!

EBP Kent - Skillsfest

June 13th - 2013
Community College Whitstable - Employability Day

A series of workshops linked to key employability themes encouraged and supported the Year 10 of the Community College of Whitstable before they embark upon a week long ‘Work Experience’ placement. ‘Teamwork,’ ‘Communication,’ ‘Interview Skills,’ ‘First Impressions’ and ‘Health & Safety’ offered the students a lengthy list of workshops that all contained information integral to the success of their work placement.

The students committed to the challenges admirably, pointing towards an extremely successful experience on the horizon, indeed!

EBP Business of Enterpise

June 11th - 2013
Castle Community College - Constructing Success

A select group of Year 9 students at the Castle Community College enjoyed a heavy dose of enterprise and employability skills, during a day formulated in partnership with Denne Construction.  The students were tasked with putting together teams, before tackling a challenge that would require the utilisation of a variety of core themes to achieve maximum success.

Teamwork, communication and research skills were all necessary and needed to be present, if any particular team was going to come out on top. An innovative and positive approach to the end of day presentations ensured that many of the teams remained energised throughout the event and provided some exciting pitches to an enthusiastic group of judges.

Each student was also afforded the opportunity to have their first experience of an interview, by industry professionals, who also offered advice and guidance pertaining to the kind of career paths that each pupil might wish to travel down.

EBP Business of Enterpise

June 10th - 2013
King Ethelbert School – Business of Enterprise

The current crop of Year 9 students were able to participate in the ‘Business of Enterprise’ project as the King Ethelbert School searches for a new representative to compete at next year’s Kent final. An excited year group listened intently to an opening address before disappearing to their classrooms where they worked with business ambassadors to formulate new companies and innovative ideas

The in-school final is usually a colourful affair and this year’s competitors are promising to make it a tough experience for potential judges in choosing an overall winner. The coming weeks should shine more of a light on those groups destined for success, but for now the enthusiasm and quality is equally shared throughout the year group.

EBP Kent - Forensic Day

June 6th - 2013
St Simon Stock Catholic School - Work Experience Preparation Day

Another year means another batch of Year 10 students all eagerly awaiting the beginning of their ‘Work Experience’ placements. Maidstone employers continue to show their support for a programme that has run successfully for a number of years.

Because of the professionalism required during such a unique experience, it is important that the students be as prepared as possible before they meet with their designated employer. With that in mind, the Year 10 were able to take advantage of a ‘Work Experience’ preparation morning where they were briefed on key ‘Health and Safety’ pointers and other formalities, that will ensure their experience is as fulfilling as possible

EBP Business of Enterpise

May 22nd - 2013
Borden Grammar School - Business of Enterprise: In-School Final

The last of the week’s three finals proved to be a hugely rewarding experience for everyone involved. The presentations exceeded what anyone could have expected for a body of students so young and each and every one of the groups presented ideas that had genuine marketability (with a few tweaks here and there)!

The teams had prepared themselves well so that any questioning from the judging panel proved to be anything but the torrid experience it can sometimes be. Presenting has never been a problem for this school and once again their use of new and exciting programmes, only enhanced the solid communication skills that the pupils already possessed.

Once again, another school has produced an extremely competitive winning group, who will face a line-up of fellow schools brimming with confidence. The ‘Grand Final’ will prove to be one of the most exciting ever seen and it is hard to envy the panel of judges who will be tasked with determining an overall winner!

EBP Business of Enterpise

May 22nd - 2013
The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation - Business of Enterprise: In-School Final

Final number two of the week, saw the eagerly anticipated in-school final for The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation. For weeks the business ambassadors have been commenting on the level of discipline displayed by each group and, thankfully, it showed in each and every one of their presentations.

An eclectic mixture of judges saw an intense round of questioning that the students were more than capable of dealing with.

Once again, finding a winning team proved to be no easy task, but a winner was eventually decided upon - one that shared an equal amount of invention with charisma and good, solid presentation skills.  

EBP Business of Enterpise

May 21st - 2013
Hartsdown Technology College - Business of Enterprise: In-School Final

In a week that saw three Business of Enterprise finals taking place, Hartsdown Technology College were lucky enough to kick start the proceedings with a final full of energetic displays! The groups, who had entered the final, had come up with an extremely colourful round of presentations that showed a genuine attempt at originality.

This, consequently, made the decision for the judges that much harder as each and every one of the groups were of such an incredibly high quality. Eventually a winner was found, but it took a lot of intense deliberation between the judges to get there. The victorious team will have benefited a great deal from competing against such heavy competition and can look forward to a promising entry into the ‘Grand Final.’

EBP Kent - Special Choices

May 16th - 2013
Rare Breeds Centre - Special Choices

Over 400 LLDD (Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities) and a wealth of employers, training organisations and charities, came together at the Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford for EBP Kent’s annual Special Choices day.

It is vital that these students have access to as much information as possible, regarding employment, training and support, but also that they have the opportunity to try out interactive activities that test their general abilities and generate a feeling of self-empowerment. Companies such as Kent Supported Employment, Jisc, Dover/Thanet Community Learning Disability Team, Loop CR and many more, provided exhibition stands full of information and visual learning aids, whilst outside, Brogdale, engineering and marine workshops, arts and crafts, horticulture and a climbing wall, all contributed an energetic dose of challenging activity and, importantly, fun!

A huge thank you to the many exhibitors who attended and who without, the day simply wouldn’t have been possible. The Rare Breeds Centre continues to offer an incredible venue, replete with its eclectic mix of farmyard animals and exotic birds of prey. The event continues to grow and will continue to offer invaluable advice to an incredibly motivated body of students.

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May 15th - 2013
Cummins Power Generation - ‘Words for Work’ Training Day

Over 15 ambassadors, made up of Cummins Power Generation employees, were briefed and trained for a literacy initiative to be implemented in Hartsdown Technology College. The programme has proven to be extremely significant in a number of Kent schools already and the students of Hartsdown Technology College will no doubt benefit from the mentoring by some very professional members of staff. Entitled, ‘ Words for Work’ and developed by the National Literacy Trust, the programme is designed to unlock students’ speaking and listening skills whilst enabling them to gain an insight into the world of work. Significantly, it is a response to the concerns employers in general have had about the level of speaking and listening skills and confidence of young people entering the workplace.

‘Words for Work’ will challenge the Hartsdown students to re-evaluate the way they use their communication skills and to work alongside business volunteers on tasks that will stimulate thought and discussion around communication, and how important it might be for their future.

It cannot be ignored just how important effective speaking and listening skills are for employability and by working with companies such as Cummins Power Generation, the working aspirations of these students can be significantly changed.
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EBP Business of Enterpise

May 13th - 2013
Hartsdown Technology College - Business Surgery

An intense and fast paced day took place at Hartsdown Technology College, as selected competitors formed teams and set about completing the Business of Enterprise project. The enthusiasm with which the students applied themselves generated an incredible mixture of products and service industries, all with an innovative slant and an eye on cracking the market.

The Business ambassadors were left encouraged by the intelligent questions that were posed to them and the willingness to take on board any advice proffered.

EBP Business of Enterpise

May 9th - 2013
The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation - Business Surgery

Now well past the midpoint of the challenge, the current competitors from The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation are gearing up for their very own in-school final. Some really good ideas have been formulated and with the guidance of designated business ambassadors, their presentations are shaping up to be very impressive indeed.

EBP Business of Enterpise

May 9th - 2013
Dane Court Grammar School – Business of Enterprise: In-School Final

Dane Court Grammar School finally enjoyed their in-school final for the Business of Enterprise competition, as the lucky finalists had the opportunity to battle it out and win approval for their idea. A panel of judges, with high expectations, listened as each team presented compelling arguments for why their idea should be sent through to the ‘Grand Final.’ The competition was extremely high, with each group showing no signs of nerves as they professionally pitched to the audience.

The level of professionalism shown by the students never ceases to amaze the judges throughout this competition and once again, everyone was left stunned at the level of innovation on display. The rigorous process of judging and the guidance that the winning group received beforehand, will have gone some way to preparing them for the experience of presenting at the ‘Grand Final.’

The final is shaping up to be one of the most competitive yet, as the groups already through have some incredibly marketable ideas!

EBP Kent - Forensic Day

May 3rd - 2013
The Marlowe Academy – Forensic Day

The Marlowe Academy welcomed prospective Year 7 students from a host of Thanet primary schools, who would spend the day utilising forensic science techniques in order to solve a fictional crime.

‘Fingerprinting,’ ‘Hair Analysis’ and ‘Tyre Tracks,’ were just some of the interactive workshops on offer as well as a dissection of the crime scene itself. The students were tasked with collating evidence to form a reasoned argument and then to figure out who committed the crime from a line-up of potential suspects. Days such as these can be priceless in helping the students make the difficult transition from primary to secondary school and will have gone some way towards strengthening the partnership between all key stages.

EBP Business of Enterpise

May 2nd - 2013
The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation -
Business Surgery

After a successful opening day to the ‘Business of Enterprise,’ the groups chosen to go forward and continue with the project were able to have a day working with business mentors as they try to refine and tweak their ideas. The school has proven to be particularly adept at coming up with technical innovation and this year’s crop of students appear to be no different.

The difficult process of marketing and financing these ideas awaits the numerous groups involved, but the ambassadors who visited the school are in no doubt that the teams will be more than equal to it.

EBP Business of Enterpise

May 1st - 2013
Charles Dickens School - Business of Enterprise: In-School Final

With presentations prepped and prototypes at the ready, the students currently competing in the Business of Enterprise from the Charles Dickens School, contested an extremely close and hard fought final. This will have come as little surprise to the business ambassadors who have been mentoring the students over the last couple of months, but shocked the numerous judges who were amazed by the professionalism and aptitude displayed on stage.

These brilliant young minds were determined to impress and they more than achieved this via an innovative display of presentations and speaking skills. The deliberation process, among the judges, seemed to take an eternity with each group having a genuine claim to being crowned the overall winners. Finally, though, a victorious group was agreed upon and they will now go onto represent the Charles Dickens School at the ‘Grand Final’ against a number of other Kent schools.

EBP Kent – Interviewing for future success

April 30th - 2013
Hartsdown Technology College - Interviewing for Future Success

The Year 11 of Hartsdown Technology College sampled their first taste of a professional interview setting, spending 15 minutes with business professionals and answering questions regarding current and future qualifications. Many of the students had to dig deep as they appraised their own weaknesses and strengths and were asked what they hoped to do upon finishing their education.

The day was of huge benefit to the Year 11, but was also enjoyed by the many business ambassadors who met some truly remarkable young people. Many of the students seemed to feed off of the pressure and belied their young age by coming across as instantly employable!

EBP Kent - Skillsfest

April 26th - 2013
Aylesford School - Sports College - Aylesford School Skillsfest 

Over 40 exhibitors attended the Aylesford School – Sports College, for a Skillsfest that provided every year group with an abundance of information related to future careers and qualifications. Nearly every exhibition stand was packed with interactivity and industry-related challenges, allowing the students to see first-hand the kind of work that the employers do.

Exhibitors were ‘swamped’ by masses of eager students, desperate to have an opportunity to speak with so many industry professionals.

With Hair & Beauty, Engineering, Bioscience, IT, Construction, Retail, Childcare and many more, few sectors were absent as the day proved to be a truly awe-inspiring occasion. The commitment shown by so many employers in attending the day was nothing short of remarkable and has gone a long way towards the raising of career aspirations for the entire student body.

EBP Business of Enterpise

April 25th - 2013
Charles Dickens School - Business Surgery

The Charles Dickens School enjoyed a final business surgery before their in-school final, by putting the finishing touches to business presentations and marketing campaigns. A fantastic in-school final is in store for the panel of judges, who will have the tough task of deciding who will be crowned the ‘overall winners.’

Whichever group wins, the school can be assured that they will be represented by an innovative and creative bunch at the ‘Grand Final.’ Congratulations Charles Dickens, on another hugely successful year competing in the Business of Enterprise.

EBP Kent - STIXX – Work experience

April 18th - 2013
The John Wallis Academy - Work Experience Preparation Day

With their Work Experience only a week away, The John Wallis Academy felt it extremely important to prepare their Year 10 with an abundance of information. Such advice and guidance will ensure that both student and employer gain as much as possible from the experience.

A range of workshops offered the students a series of challenges to tackle and brought to light the correct procedures adopted within a variety of workplaces. The students displayed an incredible amount of commitment to each workshop, pointing towards positive experiences during their work placements.

EBP Kent - Health and Safety

April 18th - 2013
Mascalls School - Health & Safety

The Year 10 of Mascalls School will soon be enjoying a healthy dose of Work Experience and so it is of paramount importance that they are prepared as possible for the potential hazards that can be found within the workplace.

A morning spent tackling Health and Safety workshops will go a long way to ensuring their safety and making sure that each student gets the most out of their placement as they possibly can. The students were extremely respectful to the presenters throughout and showed a real interest in the information provided.

EBP Business of Enterpise

April 17th - 2013
Charles Dickens School - Business Surgery

With their in-school final fast approaching, the Year 9 students currently involved in the Business of Enterprise project have begun to amass quite the range of portfolios and PowerPoint presentations.

The judges will have some extremely tough decisions to make, in determining which team will have the honour of representing the Charles Dickens School at the ‘Grand Final.’

EBP Business of Enterpise

March 27th - 2013
Ursuline College - Business of Enterprise In-School Final

After weeks of intensive planning and preparation, the Ursuline College’s Business of Enterprise groups were finally able to showcase the fruits of their labour, launching their brand new business ideas at the ‘in-school final’. Company stands were adorned with innovative branding, offering each judge a personal glimpse into the machinations of their business and the role each individual played in its success.

Weeks had been spent refining presentations, with each team fully aware that their marketing campaigns would be judged in five intense minutes by a panel of industry experts. It was notable that despite the presence of a heavy atmosphere of nervous anticipation, every group was able to maintain their poise and deliver in an extremely professional manner.

At the end of the general proceedings, the judges took what seemed to be an eternity to confirm an overall winner, affirming the general belief that each group had shown enough positives to be crowned champions. The worthy winners will now represent their school at the ‘grand final’ competing against a host of Kent schools, all with their own unique and innovative ideas.

EBP Business of Enterpise

March 22th - 2013
The Business of Enterprise -
The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation

The Business of Enterprise arrived at the Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation in typically explosive fashion. The Year 9 students certainly didn’t hang about, as they used every minute of the day in order to squeeze out as much creativity as they possibly could from the project.

Quite simply, these teams wanted to win! With only a few places up for grabs in order to move onto the next stage, each team knew that they would have to produce a considerable quantity in an extremely short amount of time! In this respect, the groups did not fail. Energetic finals at the end of the day were designed to help with the elimination process, but instead provided the judges with a major headache, as group after group excelled with an imaginative array of presentations. A strong selection of groups will now go onto tackle the project and, no doubt, excel at their ‘in-school final.’

EBP Kent - STIXX – Herne Bay High School

March 21th - 2013
Make it your Business - St Simon Stock School

A staple of the St Simon Stock calendar, ‘Make it your Business’ once again discovered another promising selection of future entrepreneurs. The Year 8 were tasked with the challenge of inventing a brand new storage device for the usual clutter of stationary that can be the scourge of many a student’s bedroom! Students formed a plethora of brand new companies, each vying to have their product chosen as the best idea of the day.

Using recycled material, prototypes were created, allowing judges to gain a better understanding of what the device might look like. Marketing strategies and financial plans were offered within some incredibly colourful and imaginative presentations that showcased the abilities of some extremely gifted, young individuals.

EBP Business of Enterpise

March 20th - 2013
Business Surgery - Charles Dickens School

Fresh from an incredibly fruitful Masterclass Day, the Year 9 of Charles Dickens tackled the Business of Enterprise with a ruthless ambition, betraying the fact that they are still so very young.

Not one student seemed overawed with the challenge ahead and each group showed an efficiency that will ensure the school’s final will boast an extremely professional selection of new companies.

EBP Business of Enterpise

March 18th - 22nd 2013
Business Surgeries – Dane Court Grammar School

Dane Court Grammar School enjoyed a final round of business surgeries, as the groups put the finishing touches to presentations and business plans, before competing in their in-school final. With very little to separate such an innovative collection of groups, it has been notable just how much commitment every student has dedicated to this year’s project.

The school has a strong tradition of impressing judges with some extremely engaging presentations and this trend looks set to continue with the current crop of finalists.

EBP Kent - STIXX – Herne Bay High School

March 12th - 2013
STIXX - Herne Bay High School

Employability was high on the agenda, as a young crop of Year 8 students tackled the intricacies associated with the STIXX Challenge. Forming teams which would act as brand new furniture companies, students had to quickly learn the benefits of good teamwork and the need to be flexible when dealing with time constraints and tight deadlines. Of course, STIXX isn’t simply about the stresses involved with marketing a brand new product, by using the STIXX machines, the teams were actually expected to create the product!

Planning, initiative and drive were all key themes that would determine the success or failure of each team. Thankfully, not a single group was found wanting in this respect and the day produced a cornucopia of beautiful furniture. The presentations at the end of the day were remarkable for the high level of commercial awareness displayed and the innovation used in numerous ‘interesting’ pitches.

“I really liked it. We should do it more often.” Student quote

“It really helped with certain skills.” Student quote

“I had a lot of fun solving the numerous problems.” Student quote

EBP Business of Enterpise

March 11th - 2013
Business Surgery - Borden Grammar School

Borden Grammar School enjoyed another round of business surgeries, as they continued to enjoy success within the Business of Enterprise project. Business mentors were on hand to offer some critical advice, as the students approach their in-school final with a fierce competitiveness.

No doubt, many of the ideas that have been created, would fair extremely well in the real world, highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit possessed by the school’s current Year 10.

EBP Kent - Health and Safety

March 11th - 2013
Health & Safety Talk - Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls 

The Year 10 of Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, benefited from the opportunity to listen to a Health & Safety presentation, as a week’s worth of work experience looms on the horizon.

Of paramount importance, during such a formative experience, is the student’s safety, so such presentations go a long way towards ensuring that the correct behaviour is observed throughout their time spent in industry. A brief task was set at the end of the presentation so that the students were able to test all that they had learnt from the talk.

EBP Business of Enterpise

March 7th - 2013
Business of Enterprise - Charles Dickens School

The Year 9 of the Charles Dickens School kicked off their Business of Enterprise project with a day of introductory workshops and a heavy dose of business mentoring. Teamwork, Creativity and Marketing workshops, introduced the entire year group to some key themes that would be of major benefit as the groups tackle the project further on down the line.

By competing in their chosen groups, students were able to determine weaknesses and strengths, highlighted by the challenges set in each workshop.

The afternoon saw business mentors working with the groups, as the students began the difficult process of arriving at a brand new business idea. Using a wealth of experience, the mentors were able to determine whether or not the idea would be viable and the ease or difficulty the groups would have in marketing it.

It is of huge testament to the school, that during such an incredibly intense day, the Year 9 managed to retain their composure and produce a long line of extremely creative new companies. As usual, this current crop of students, look set to make for an extremely fun and engaging in-school final.

EBP Kent - Horizons – Charles Dickens School

March 7th - 2013
Horizons - Charles Dickens School

‘Horizons’ arrived at the Charles Dickens School offering a plethora of employer-led workshops, a taster of an interview setting and an information laden career fair. With over 40 employers present on the day, there was no lack of career guidance for the numerous students in attendance, who benefited heavily from having key employability skills nurtured.

An incredibly colourful and vibrant career fair offered the students an inspiring visual representation of numerous industries, offering a host of career pathways that the many young people will be encouraged to go on and aspire to. 30 exhibitors, many local employers from Thanet, set the bar incredibly high with stands rich in interaction that wowed a captive audience.

Workshops, ranging from Floristry to Engineering, provided a glimpse into the workings of particular industries, as students tackled challenges and created some incredible pieces of work. Business people, from a host of backgrounds (but with a huge amount of experience) spent the day interviewing the Year 11, offering them a genuine interview setting that will have gone some way towards calming any fears over what can be, at times, a very daunting experience

Challenges set at the end of the day tested all that the students had learnt from the morning, requiring them to operate efficiently in teams and research thoroughly the tasks at hand. A fantastic day and one enjoyed by both, students and employers alike.

“I really enjoyed the challenges in the afternoon, because it was nice to have a change and learn about the different types of jobs.” Student quote

“The interview sessions were a great opportunity and experience.” Student quote

“I really enjoyed getting involved in the teamwork activities.” Student quote

EBP Business of Enterpise

March 6th - 2013
Business Surgery - Ursuline College

The midway point was reached for Ursuline College’s ‘Business of Enterprise’ students, as they prepared for their in-school final, which is now looming very large on the horizon! There is little to worry about, though, as the judges will be amazed at the imagination possessed by a selection of minds still so young!

Never has there been such a variety of business ideas on show, with each group offering a unique opportunity for any would-be investor! With ideas so gloriously established, it now falls to the refinement of presentations, in convincing the panel of judges that their idea is worthy of winning the competition.

EBP Kent - For me or not for me?

March 5th - 2013
For Me or Not for Me - Hereson & Ellington School

The Year 9 of the Hereson & Ellington School was able to enjoy a selection of interactive workshops, designed to support the decisions being made regarding subject options and future career destinations. The variety of workshops timetabled into the day offered short, sharp, glimpses into an assortment of employers and their modes of operation, spoiling the students with information and challenging them with a series of industry relevant tasks.

Engineering, IT, Bioscience, Media and Construction, were just some of the workshops that will have contributed towards the raising of career aspirations for this particular body of students.

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EBP Kent - Health and Safety

February 27th - 2013
Safety First! - Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

With a week’s worth of Work Experience looming large, it was vital that the Year 10 of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls received as much guidance regarding Health & Safety as possible. An interactive presentation highlighted potential risks and the correct procedures in dealing with them, and a brief task allowed the students an opportunity to put into practice all that they had learnt.

A huge thank you to the students who were incredibly respectful throughout the presentation and EBP Kent would like to wish them all the best, as they embark on what will be a hugely beneficial experience.

EBP Business of Enterpise

February 26th - 2013
Business Surgeries - Dane Court Grammar School

Dane Court Grammar School reached the midpoint of their Business of Enterprise programme, with teams beginning to separate, in terms of the quantity and quality of work.

The effort that has gone into so many of the ideas, especially in development and application, should not be underestimated, as the volume of work displayed to the Business Mentors was nothing short of incredible! Add to that the professional manner in which the students interact with each other and their mentors, and you start to feel very positive about the school’s chances at the ‘Grand Final’.

EBP Business of Enterpise

February 25th - 2013
Business Surgeries - Ursuline College

Ursuline College kicked off the first round of their Business of Enterprise, ‘Business Surgeries,’ as 9 teams began the complicated process of establishing just how they intend to market their brand new business idea. All of the teams showed a high level of intensity, determined that their team will be the one crowned, ‘In-School Champions!’

An unenviable task awaits the panel of judges, in separating such a high quality batch of teams and choosing the overall winner. This was a fantastic afternoon for the Business Mentors who visited the school, spending their time in the company of an extremely capable and creative bunch of young entrepreneurs.

EBP Kent - Land Rover 4x4

February 22nd - 2013
Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Technology Challenge

Engineering in Motion arrived in Tonbridge to deliver the southeast regional final of their Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge. The River Centre played host to a day of innovation and hi-tech gadgetry, as teams of young engineers tussled it out to be crowned overall victors.

The competition has proven to be hugely successful and highlights a commitment to promoting STEM via industry, through regional and national education programmes.  The challenge highlighted the relevance of STEM subjects and encouraged students to consider a career in engineering.

The depth of understanding displayed in vehicle design, development, research and manufacture was hugely impressive and pointed towards a successful future in STEM employment for many of these incredible, young people.

EBP Kent - Training to Train

February 6th - 2013
Training to Train

Over 30 employees attended a training afternoon in order to better prepare for volunteering in Kent schools. The overwhelming response from the business community in connecting with Kent’s young people, ensures that the incredible work already being done throughout the county will only be strengthened by the conscientious support from new volunteers.

Continuing to grow a proactive community of business and education will have positive ramifications as a future workforce becomes wiser and better equipped to handle the pressures of the world of work.

EBP Kent - Skillfest

February 6th - 2013
Skillsfest – St Simon Stock School

Over 30 exhibitors turned up to the St Simon Stock School in Maidstone, to offer advice and guidance regarding future career aspirations, providing progression routes to future employment. A plethora of stands engulfed the exhibition hall filling it with interactivity and colour that would inspire the students with a visual representation of industry and the working world.

Hair & Beauty, Bioscience, Civil Engineering, Construction, IT and Retail were just some of the numerous sectors on show, providing an eclectic mixture of information laden stands aiming to raise the aspirations for an extremely lively body of students! Without question, every employer was left astounded by the high level of respect and enthusiasm displayed by students of all ages and from all year groups, leaving a positive impression of the nation’s future workforce.

EBP Business of Enterpise

February 4th - 2013
Business of Enterprise – Dane Court Grammar School

The Year 10 of Dane Court Grammar School enjoyed their first round of business surgeries, as they developed ideas and thought about future marketing strategies. Every group was allocated time with a business mentor, who would offer invaluable advice as the teams started to branch out and develop their own unique branding.

The wealth of innovation was incredible to see, as the groups boldly began to sketch out their future presentations, determined to be the ones that eventually go through to the Grand Final.

EBP Business of Enterpise

February 1st - 2013
Business of Enterprise - Ursuline College

The Business of Enterprise 2013 kicked off at the Ursuline College as their Year 10 tackled the multitude of workshops that comprise the Masterclass Day. Before the students were asked to become entrepreneurs and develop their new business ideas, challenges were set to ascertain general ability and problem solving acumen.

Without doubt, the general level was extremely high and the students will undoubtedly achieve a huge amount of success in this year’s project. Business presenters were left amazed by the quality of ideas on show and all of them look forward to the opportunity to mentor the groups of students as they make their way through the project.

EBP Kent - Employability Day

January 31th - 2013
Employability Day - Bennett Memorial

The Year 11 of Bennett Memorial displayed a maturity beyond their years as they tackled a carousel of workshops designed to encourage key employability skills and to provide a spark for future career aspirations. From interview techniques to CV writing, no stone was left unturned in providing the students with as much guidance as possible as they fast approach a new chapter in their lives.

Business presenters were astounded by the aptitude on display as the students devoured the tasks as if there were real jobs on offer! Suffice to say with that attitude many would have been successful in achieving employment despite their tender years.

EBP Kent - Bridging the gap

January 29th - 2013
Bridging the Gap – Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

For many sixth formers, the thought of a job interview can be quite a stressful experience! With that in mind, the Year 12 of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls attended a day of employability workshops designed to highlight the general machinations of the interview process. CV Writing, First Impressions, Presentation Skills, Interview Techniques and Teamwork and Problem Solving, formed the basis for a plethora of workshops stocked full of employability themes.

Each one was designed to support and offer motivation to an extremely capable body of students who are at a critically important stage of their educative lives. The students were professional throughout, tackling challenges set via efficient teamwork and communication and listening intently to information laden presentations.  Congratulations to the school and the Year 12 who will prove more than capable in boosting the future well-being of the nation’s economy.

EBP Kent - Beauty of Success

January 29th - 2013
The Beauty of Success – Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

The Year 10 of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls broke through the wall of glamour and learnt about the business side of the cosmetics industry. A brief tutorial was given explaining the manufacturing processes involved in producing cosmetics, before students went away to develop and market their own ideas. Quality seemed to pervade the air as students produced a professional selection of business plans.

Business advisors were on hand but overall success would be decided by the initiative and drive of each individual. Students were encouraged to form teams and it was incredible to see the commitment to planning and organisation that each group displayed in starting their advertising campaign. The day ended with a remarkable selection of presentations that showed an acute understanding of their target customers and an extremely mature level of commercial.

EBP Kent - Ursuline College Horizons

January 23rd - 2013
Horizons – Ursuline College

A staple of Ursuline College’s calendar, ‘Horizons’ took place for the third year in a row, engaging the whole school in interactive activities and nurturing key employability skills. Over 40 employers attended the day contributing engaging workshops pertaining to their area of expertise and inviting career stands offering progression routes towards future employment. The students spent the morning taking in as much information as possible, so it was only fair that they be given the chance to test it all out on a selection of challenges set in the afternoon.

Placing themselves into teams, students were asked to analyse and research a series of tasks set by industry professionals. Students had to display a high level of flexibility in meeting tight deadlines all the while retaining a high level of quality in their work. Efficiency proved to be the key as students successfully implemented a complex network of teamwork and communication in order to complete numerous tasks.

EBP Business of Enterpise

January 18th - 2013
Business of Enterprise ~ Dane Court Grammar School

A highly motivated Year 10 from Dane Court Grammar School kicked off their Business of Enterprise in style, with an energetic ‘Masterclass Day’ that showed this current crop of young entrepreneurs means business! Business presenters were left stunned by the professionalism shown by a body a crop of students so young.

Themes of teamwork and communication were in abundance as the students efficiently organised themselves into groups and quickly set about plotting just how they intend to take over the business world! Business mentors will need to have their wits about them in order to keep up with such a driven selection of companies, as they visit to offer advice and guidance.

Workshops were tackled with a dedication that bodes extremely well for the students’ chances of attaining success by the end of the project.

EBP Business of Enterpise

January 17th - 2013
Business of Enterprise ~ Borden Grammar School

Borden Grammar School kicked off the Business of Enterprise for 2013, as a new batch of ‘success’ hungry students battle it out to have their ideas endorsed by the business community. A ‘Masterclass Day’ introduced the school’s Year 10 to some key concepts that will prove extremely useful when the students tackle the project over the course of the next year.

Students adapted to the unique setting of a business environment extremely quickly, tackling a multitude of problems set with gusto and panache. The quality of innovation continues to increase every year in the Business of Enterprise and it seems Borden Grammar School have already set the bar very high indeed.

EBP Kent - Smoothie Day

January 15th - 2013
A Healthy Dose of Success ~ Herne Bay High School

2013 kicked off with Herne Bay High School’s annual employability event, in which the entire Year 9 were encouraged to become budding, young, entrepreneurs for the day.  Teams were given the agenda to start up a brand new ‘Healthy Living’ company and it was a task that the students proved more than equal to.

Strict deadlines were professionally adhered to as students were encouraged to research, plan and organise for a marketing pitch that would be presented at the end of the day. Effective teamwork and communication were going to be of paramount importance if the students were to achieve success and it was a testament to the hard work of everyone involved that the work produced was of such a high calibre.

An incredibly mature set of presentations added the gloss to what had been a truly successful day, with group after group displaying innovation and a commercial awareness via a very colourful set of marketing campaigns indeed!

“It was really engaging.” Student comment
“I really enjoyed making the product.” Student comment
“A really worthwhile activity.” Student comment
EBP Kent - Happy New Year!

January 1st - 2013

To all partners,
Thank you for supporting the young people of Kent

Here's to a Wonderful 2013

Anne McNulty and all the staff at EBP Kent

EBP Kent - STEM final

December 21st - 2012
Engineering Challenge

Students from across Kent worked really hard with professional engineers to solve some perplexing problems around energy. Stirling engines, solar power, wind power, hydro power, masses of equipment to build and test, designing best methods to capture and measure the power. Inspiring and highly motivating for both the adults and the young people involved. The celebration day was a roaring success with schools achieving dizzy heights of success, impressing guest engineers and amazing their teachers.

Click here to find out who won what and more details of the day!

EBP Kent - Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 12 - 2012
Global Entrepreneurship Week

Platinum Partners were congratulated today, for their embodiment of the guiding principles behind Global Entrepreneurship Week. The achievement of these schools has not gone unnoticed and it is our privilege to honour them during such a prestigious week. EBP Kent would also like to acknowledge the fantastic effort and support of so many wonderful employers and organisations that  have provided a wealth of guidance and information for so many of Kent’s students.

EBP Kent - Sixth Form Employability and Skills Conference Canterbury

November 09 - 2012
Sixth Form Employability and Skills Conference Canterbury

The whole of Year 12 of Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls Participated in a conference at the Cathedral Lodge, the Cathedral Precinct Canterbury. Employers across Kent gave up their time to challenge the Students in a day of the World of Work. What does the Private Sector expect? What are the qualities required by charities? How do you start a new  Company? If you work for the Public Sector which of your skills and attributes will dominate?

Business volunteers worked with each group, the tasks were real, the results now available on the web and suggestions are being implemented as we go to press. Students had the opportunity to do real work, meaningful tasks, with Employers who could share their knowledge and experience.

‘The day was superb, different, so much more than a focus day’, ‘The Students came up with such brilliant ideas and suggestions, we shall use many of them. The amount of work they succehttp://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=download&id=1233074&redirect=photossfully completed was staggering, highly professional and relevant.’ ‘I will never forget today, it was superb.’

EBP Kent - TeenTech Folkestone

October 25 - 2012
Teentech Folkestone

The second  Teentech took place in Folkestone at the Leas Cliff Hall. A new set of Employers came with some exceptional challenges for the young people to complete. Students from all over Kent took part and had the most wonderful day, winning Sound Systems, an ipad, a Samsung tablet, Ipods and lots more! Hartsdown Technology College won the ‘most marketable App’ for the second year running. No other school in the country has achieved the same level of success with the App challenge so all congratulations to Hartsdown!

Evaluations were effusing praise for the inspirational nature of the day, Employers, Ambassadors, Students and Teachers were full of superlatives for the event. Maggie Philbin, Chair, and co-founder with the IOD and Berkshire EBPs, announced exciting National awards that can  now be entered by schools across the whole country. Prizes Include tea at Buckingham Palace!

As with so many of the EBP Kent events a team of young journalists worked with ‘News for Schools’ to produce a newspaper, student voice, about the day. A team of very able Sixth Formers from Alyesford School produced a great report our congratulations to them all for such a positive capturing of the day.

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EBP Kent - TeenTech Awards

TeenTech Awards

Are you an innovator? Do you have an idea which could make life easier, simpler or better? It could take you to Buckingham Palace and it could win £1000 for your school.We want you to use your imagination,  to think creatively. This is a chance to ask “What if?”


The TeenTech Awards are for young people in Year Groups 7-11. Working in teams of up to three you will take a look at problems large and small to see if you can find a better way of doing things.
And you don’t have to do this on your own. We’re very happy for you to invite companies – global or start-up – and universities or Further Education colleges to collaborate – to spend time with your group, helping you to develop or refine your idea or methods. Or why not link with a school in another part of the world? Who you approach will depend very much on your idea. We just need you to let us know what they did and how it changed your thinking.

We want you to use your imagination, to think creatively. This is a chance to ask “What if?”
We need you to clearly identify an opportunity or problem, suggest a solution and research the market. Think about who will benefit from your idea – will it appeal to a particular age or socio- economic group, will it be affordable or a luxury product, will it be used worldwide? 

If you can build a model for us to look at that’s great. You might want to design posters or advertisements to explain your idea, conduct a survey to show why it’s needed or research existing solutions. It’s entirely up to you.

EBP Kent - Employability Skills

October 24 - 2012
Employability Skills

Students at the Hereson and Ellington School had opportunity to work in sector groups to find out more about the kind of employability skills and to prepare themselves for employment. Students looked at how to make the most of their skills and current experience and how to transfer skills to the appropriate environment. Interview tips, good CVs, where to find out more?

Were all areas covered during the  upbeat sessions. Students feedback was most positive, which is a good thing as there are two more sessions booked to take place very soon.

EBP Kent - Improving skills for employability

October 19 - 2012 
Improving skills for employability

Electronic applications being made by students looking for the right kind of opportunity for 2013, making sure they have the chance to improve skills for employability. Linking to their impartial information advice and guidance, the students were able to discover availability and opportunities as they progress towards the final stages of their time at school.

EBP Kent - Employability and Skills in Action - River Centre Tonbridge

October 17 - 2012
The Marine / Maritime Festival Dover Cruise Terminal 2

Shipshape and totally inspiring event for hundreds of young people from schools all over Kent who came to Cruise Terminal 2 to learn about the vast array of opportunities available to them at sea!

Sponsored by Viking Recruitment, the day was heralded a great success with so many different skills showcased and so many apprenticeships, progression pathways in Kent and visions for the future. Students climbed on a RIB, had a talk from a Royal Marine, look at sophisticated Engineering in action, and met every kind of Marine / Maritime specialist who were on hand to talk to and explain the sector.

Comments on the evaluation were very positive 'I learnt about so many jobs and careers.', 'It was brilliant.', 'I learnt lots about things I had never even heard of..' Please click HERE to read more about this interesting day

EBP Kent - Employability and Skills in Action - River Centre Tonbridge

October 10 - 2012
Employability and Skills in Action - River Centre Tonbridge

Employability and Skills in action at the River Centre Tonbridge this week with 1400 young people spending quality time with Local, Regional and National employers finding out which pathways could be available to them and which qualifications and skills might be required in each sector. There were new Start-Up companies, massive National employers and local branches of highly successful employers like Specsavers and Sainsburys.

The venue was buzzing with questioning young people and employers who had goine out of their way to give students a genuine ‘hand-on’ memorable experience, from operations, to making a smoothie powered by the pedal! Sevenoaks District Council busted the myths of the Public Sector with a really interesting diverse stand that was packed with students eight deep most of the day!

Universities, Colleges, Schools of Law and the event was even lucky enough to enjoy a visit from a Judge who could explain his world to crowds of interested young people. The European Commission attracted lots of interest as did the Arts, Police and all the Forces. As is a trade mark of EBP Kent Events partnership with News for Schools gave another group of students a chance to improve literacy skills and view the professional world of journalism by producing a ‘newspaper’ about the day. Please click HERE to read the contents

EBP Kent - EBP IAG -Forging Sucess

October 04 - 2012
EBP IAG – Forging Success

IAG sector sessions were a great success for young people as yet undecided on their direction for the future. Students are using the EBP ‘Forging Success’ Careers Advice section of this website, giving them opportunity to pick up top tips and expand their knowledge of the vast range of possibilities out there.

Over 100 young people each week are benefitting from the EBP IAG programme, forging their own success.

EBP Kent - Alyesford Sports College

October 01 - 2012
Alyesford Sports College

More readers have been recruited for the scheme running in Alyesford Sports College and they will shortly join the team of brilliant volunteers spending one hour a week with young people at the school.

Reading is the key to everything, all progression and all opportunities, it is impressive that so many employees are willing to give up their time to help young people.

EBP Kent - Teen Tech (West Kent)

September 25 - 2012
TeenTech (West Kent)

TeenTech returned to Kent for the second time on September 25th at the River Centre Tonbridge. Thirty Kent Schools attended with Key Stage three students ready to tackle a day of hi-tech challenges, testing their skills and giving them the chance to experience STEM as never done before. Hosted by Maggie Philbin, Chair of TeenTech, working in partnership with EBP Kent, the day was packed with surprises and ended with effusive praise from at once, Teachers, young people, employers and volunteers.

A team of students from The weald of Kent Grammar School for Girls came to work with Lesley Finlay of News For Schools and produced a wonderful ‘newspaper’ of the day – please click here if you would like to read it. The team also kept the whole event live on twitter throughout the day.BBC South recorded a piece about the event for the evening news which can be seen on www.teentechevent.com.

EBP Kent - Energise Your Future

September 20 - 2012
Energise Your Future – Teacher Twilight

Exciting times – the debut year for engineering challenge, ‘Energise Your Future,’ run in partnership with Cummins Power Generation , is just around the corner, with ten excited schools ready to tackle the problems the challenge will throw up and compete at the grand finale to take place at Cummins Power Generation.

With events of such a unique nature, it is important to make sure teachers are as well-briefed as possible. The evening afforded this opportunity and ensured that the enthusiasm for the event stays at fever pitch. Stay tuned for a report on the results that the numerous students and schools attained!

EBP Kent - Work Experience Preparation - Ursuline College

September 19 - 2012
Work Experience Preparation - Ursuline College

The Year 10 of Ursuline College were supported in their future Work Experience endeavours by an extremely informative presentation, highlighting key issues that will go a long way in ensuring the students get as much out of their work placement as possible.

EBP Kent - Range Theme Design Challange 2 - Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

September 17 - 2012
Range Theme Design Challenge 2 – Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

Flambeau Europlast Ltd served up another healthy dose of entrepreneurial genius by asking the second half of the Year 11 at Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls to market, brand and bid for an advertising contract for a line of products currently out on the market.

Tight deadlines were set, but more importantly were met by an adventurous group of students, who produced an incredibly accomplished piece of work.

EBP Kent - Work Experience Preparation Day - Dover Grammar school for Boys

September 17 - 2012
Work Experience Preparation Day – Dover Grammar School for Boys

Another week, another batch of highly professional students being prepared for their first foray into Work Experience. The Year 10 of Dover Grammar School for Boys selected their industry choices with a rapidity that showed a group of young men who know exactly what they want out of life. Congratulations to the Year 10 and good luck in your future endeavours.

EBP Kent - Enterprising Kent - Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

September 13 - 2012
Enterprising Kent – Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

Another entrepreneur kindly offered their services to an incredibly keen body of students as they continued to start-up a brand new business idea. The advice and guidance on offer will be indispensable as the students tread carefully through the business world.

EBP Kent - Vertex Law Reading Initiative - Aylesford School

September 12 - 2012
Vertex Law Reading Initiative – Alyesford School

A fantastic initiative took place at Alyesford School this week, as Vertex Law very kindly teamed up with EBP Kent to provide reading mentors who will help progress the abilities of students for what will be fundamental in achieving major success in their school lives.

EBP Kent - Work Experience Preparation Day - Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

September 12 - 2012
Work Experience Preparation Day – Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

The Year 10 of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls spent the day selecting the type of industries they would like to spend their week long Work Experience within, during a day of incredible professionalism. Kent employers can rest assured in the knowledge that they will be receiving an incredibly capable and hard-working body of students.

EBP Kent - Range Theme Design Challange - Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

September 10 - 2012
Range Theme Design Challenge – Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

An incredible afternoon of entrepreneurial know-how and innovative marketing skills took place at Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, as Flambeau Europlast Ltd tested the Year 11 with a challenge of time constraining proportions! The students were asked to tender for a re-branding contract for a range of products currently on the market. A tough brief outlined company expectations, in what was a huge opportunity for a number of lucky students to receive industry recognition and mentoring from an established global brand.

EBP Kent - A Working Week for a Future Workforce - Hayesbrook School

September 10 - 14, 2012
A Working Week for a Future Workforce – Hayesbrook School

Ten lucky students from the Hayesbrook School had the opportunity to spend a full week with various companies and organisations, in order to better understand the working world and empower their employment aspirations. From Finance to Health & Safety, Farming to Interview Skills, the week was jam-packed with as much career information as possible as the students spent a rewarding period visiting and meeting industry experts who fanned the flames for inspiration regarding future employment.

EBP Kent - Giant Strides towards Bright Futures - St Simon Stock School

September 7 - 2012
Giant Strides towards Bright Futures – St Simon Stock School

A new Year 12 were welcomed back for an important day of guidance and advice as they received a plethora of workshops on topics such as Teamwork, Interview Skills, C.V. Writing, Presentation Skills and Creativity, all designed to encourage and embolden the students as they begin to take giant strides into Higher Education and future employment. During such a significant stage of their school lives it is of paramount importance that the students receive as much guidance as possible.

EBP Kent - Enterprising Kent - Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

September 6 - 2012
Enterprising Kent – Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls

The Year 9 of Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls was lucky to enough to have a presentation given by a Kent Entrepreneur who spoke about the keys to their own particular success. The students will be starting-up their own business in relation to their own studies, so it was important that they had the opportunity to speak with an industry expert who offered them a huge amount of advice and guidance.

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September 3 - 2012
EBP - Kent

A new academic year comes into focus, arriving on the horizon and rapidly gathering pace as new events take shape and old ones receive a polish. With barely any time to reflect upon the successes of the previous year, we launch headfirst into an exciting program of innovation, guidance, employer-led initiatives and enterprise. Stay informed with Hot News as we keep you up-to-date with all of the latest information and enjoy what promises to be a very interesting period for Kent schools and EBP Kent.

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