Warwickshire School News: Avon Valley youngsters show off their business skills

Students from a number of secondary schools in Rugby have received awards after joining forces to create new businesses as part of a Young Enterprise competition. The teams working under the Rugby Area Board in this year’s competition were made up of Year 11 students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, Harris School, Ashlawn and Year 12 students from both Rugby High School and Lawrence Sheriff School.

The Avon Valley School had students in 3 teams. Year 11 students Rhiannon Ryan, Nick Blackburn, Adrian Kaczmarek, Cait Bridgeman, Adam Taylor and Elliot Green were part of a team called ‘Zoetic Innovation’ who met at INTEC Business College. Another Avon Valley students, Vanshika Anand, was also based at INTEC with her team ‘Meraki’. Finally Lauren Parsons and Mollie Stevens from The Avon Valley School were part of ‘Ascension’ who held meetings at ASDA, Leicester Road.

As part of the Young Enterprise scheme the students involved make all the decisions within their company, from deciding on the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing the company’s finances, selling to the public at trade fairs and ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes at the end of the academic year. To help, and guide, them the students received the support of a volunteer business advisor.

After a successful year of trading awards were presented at Rugby Board’s Annual Presentation Evening by the Mayor of Rugby Borough Council, Mrs Sally Bragg.

The Brethertons Best Stand Award was claimed by ‘Zoetic’. The Neil Terry Design Presentation Award and the Nature Trails Nursery Innovation Award went to ‘Meraki’. There was individual success as Rhiannon Ryan won the Belvoir Lettings Marketing Director Award. The Intec Business Colleges HR Director Award was received by Lauren Parsons and the Rugby Board High Achiever Award was presented to Adam Taylor.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said:

“It is wonderful to see our students collaborating with other students, from across Rugby, to set up and run their own business ventures. As part of the process the students learn valuable skills such as communication, team work and commitment. I like to say well to do all who took part and congratulations to those who won an award.”

Young Enterprise is a UK charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and develop business skills. The organisation enables young people to make the connection between school and the world of work, allowing them to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed.

You can find out more about Avon Valley School on their Website: http://www.avonvalleyschool.org/

More information about education in Warwickshire is available on the Warwickshire Website: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education