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Wetherby School students develop essential skills with exciting enterprise challenge

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Year 9 students from Wetherby School developed their communication, presentation, teamwork and enterprise skills with the help of local business volunteers by designing their 'Hotel of the Future'.

120 students were set the brief to design a new hotel, considering how we use technology to make their concept environmentally sustainable, before taking part in workshops delivered by volunteers for Hammerson, Cloudtrainer, Creative Parking Solutions, UCOM and Gemini Marketing Solutions on marketing, new technology and competitior analysis to help them create their concept.

Students then pitched their ideas in teams to the industry judges who chose two overall winners based on the strength of their proposal and its ability to be brought to market.

The enterprise competition was funded by The Careers & Enterprise Company, which supports with high-impact careers activity and connections to business for schools across the UK.

Georgina Hughes, Project Coordinator at Ahead Partnership, said: "The students had some fantastic ideas and worked really hard on their concepts. There were a few students who were nervous about pitching in front of our business volunteers, but 75% of the students involved said having this opportunity improved their confidence and 94% said the competition gave them a better idea of the types of careers available in our region. We'd like to thank all the volunteers that came together to deliver the competition - all of them said the challenge helped them improve their coaching skills which is fantastic." 

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