June 15th, 2012
Students learned about the cut and thrust of successful business at the Business and Communications Conference this week. All Lower Sixth pupils spent two days at Woollams for communications training and a variety of marketing and business related activities. Students were given presentations on marketing and starting a business and were helped to improve their presentation and team working skills by team facilitators, many of whom were OAs, alongside parents and representatives from local companies.
The final event was in the style of the BBC’s Dragons Den, with each group presenting different business ideas to a team of invited ’Dragons’. The group winners pitched their ideas in the final in front of the whole year group before the winning team emerged.
The intention of the Conference was to emphasise to the students the importance of communication and presentation skills, as well as working as a team. These are key skills which employers look for when recruiting staff. The Conference also helps give students an insight into the commercial world. All Sixth formers left with an action plan of areas they would be working on as a result of what they had learned about themselves over the two days.