Young business hopefuls get skills boost

Young business hopefuls get skills boost

A group of year 10 students from Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre have received a boost to their future employability thanks to a prestigious entrepreneurship course.

The 16 students, who all attend the school’s innovative ICollege*, spent two weeks working in Callafel, just outside Barcelona, developing essential skills for succeeding in the job market.

The programme was delivered by Corkscrew, a forward-thinking organisation which uses the process of creating a business start-up, plus work on a real life business case, to develop students’ problem-solving, initiative, confidence and leadership skills.

The students took part in both group work and personal challenges, such as presenting, but their biggest challenge was to come up with solid business ideas to pitch to local Barcelona entrepreneurs. They therefore not only had to think creatively but also take into account the local culture, customs and business to ensure their ideas were workable.

Over the two-week stay, students also got the opportunity to explore Barcelona, visit some of its iconic sights and immerse themselves in its culture.

This is the fifth year that students from Homewood have taken part in the intensive entrepreneurship course, with students describing it as ‘eye-opening’ and overall ‘a great experience’ which they would recommend to others.

“Our students really feel the benefits of this programme,” said Kate Farrell, Head of Homewood’s ICollege and winner of a Silver Award for outstanding use of technology in education in this year’s Pearson National Teaching Awards. “The objective is to help them to develop what, in our opinion, are the crucial skills required to future-proof their employability. In addition, by giving them a real life scenario they are getting money-can’t-buy experience of how they can deploy these skills for business success.”

The British Council Erasmus Student Mobility Fund helped to fund the students’ attendance on the course.