Leeds City College

Enterprise Champions:

Ian Bond

Debbie Kitchingman

Ian Norris

Global Entrepreneurship

Week: Technology Campus

Before: Enterprise awareness had been raised prior to the week via student tutorials. All student tutors received training and access to resources to deliver an enterprise tutorial for all full time learners– compliance was high, with only a few second year groups needing to focus on UCAS applications instead. A rolling presentation, which is updated throughout the week, begins on the TV in reception.

Monday 16th: The Make Your Mark Challenge – 15 groups totalling over 100 full time learners take part in the Challenge, with groups from Engineering relocating themselves at Cookridge Street for the day. Kristina Grimes (runner-up on The Apprentice in 2007) worked with groups throughout the day, spoke at a lunch for learners and helped judge the contest, which was won by a group that designed environmentally friendly ‘macs’ that would carry local advertising. The winning team, from Software Development, have now been entered into the national challenge.

Wednesday 18th: Women into Enterprise – over 40 female learners attend an inspirational Enterprise lunch, with local keynote speakers Jo Darling (from the SNT Group) and Lis Wilson from HR Connections.

Thursday 19th: Social Enterprise – Judging takes place for the anti-bullying competition. The competition, promoted again through student tutors, required learners not only to come up with anti-bullying messages and images but also to identify and cost the media (T shirst, pens etc) that would be used to spread the message, and so combined national ‘anti-bullying week’ with enterprise . Rebecca Dye from Yorkshire Forward and Paula from Stop Hate UK help to sift out the entries from over 50 learners.

Friday 20thBusiness Breakfast and Prize Giving. Sir Tom Farmer (founder of Kwik Fit and continuing business and social entrepreneur) addressed over 40 learners who had got in for 8.30! Prizes and certificates were presented for both the anti-bullying competition and the Make Your Mark Challenge. Each member of the winning team got an iPod shuffle with chocolates for the second and third places. After meeting with the Principal of Leeds City College, Sir Tom went on to talk with learners on Engineering and Motor Vehicle courses at our South Leeds site.

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