Business Mentors for Business Challenges

Champions of Enterprise is designed for sixth formers and aims to help develop work-ready skills.

Students have to evaluate 3 real local businesses and decide which real life business challenge their team is going to solve. Whilst students may not have the business experience, they have intelligence and fresh thinking. This year Gist Ltd, Waitrose Newbury and Westcoast Holding Ltd have put forward business challenges.

The activity develops business understanding, teamwork and presentation confidence and is supported by business volunteers. This is an inter-school competition, the wining team from this event will represent the school in the Grand Final on the 6th December.

Volunteers will support the students through this workshop, helping them with their decision making and problem solving. Volunteers may be asked to judge presentations during the day. A full briefing will be given on the day.

23rd November – Theale Green School, Theale (08:15-16:00)

Educate and inspire about your profession

17th November – The Clere School, Burghclere (08:00-15:00)

Interview Skills

18th December – The Willink School, Burghfield Common (08:30-12:00)

  • Help students to understand good and bad interview techniques and practise the good ones.
  • Help students to understand their own personal skills and qualities and start to articulate these via developing a personal statement.
  • Review CVs – providing hints and tips aimed at the personal statement. A short introduction followed by an opportunity for Business Volunteers and Peers to review existing CVs. Students will be asked to write down (and hand in) the top three improvements they intend to make to their CVs during a future session to be organised by the school.
  • Social Media and Personal Profile – A discussion led by EBP and volunteers, and questions in groups to discuss what social media use can say about an individual to a potential employer. Students will consider what changes they will make to their social media presence to improve their personal image/profile.
  • Support for Financial Awareness Workshops

    Helping young people understand the value of money so we can stop being the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’

    In an hour, students choose a career and make important decisions about where they spend their money, after revealing their typical starting salary, calculating how much tax and NI is paid, they finally see if their take-home pay is more or less than what they’ve spent!

    This eye opening session raises all sorts of questions, and your life experiences are just what they need to help them through. The only experience needed is being able to manage your own finances!!

    Benefits to you/your staff – practise questioning skills and using some basic maths, this is a great opportunity to help young people realise the true costs of living, what a TV licence is for/why you have to pay tax and National Insurance.

    Interviewers giving practice interviews

    21st November – St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury (08:15-16:00)

    Skills/experience needed – staff with previous interview experience or staff that need to practise interview skills

    Benefits to you/your staff – practise interviewing skills, this is a great opportunity for potential managers and junior staff

    From previous events, students’ confidence increased as a result of having had a practice interview by over 40%

    Work Experience Placements - we need your help!

    Placements in the workplace for students aged 14 to 19 are in constant demand. We currently place over 1,000 students each year in West Berkshire. Work experience gives invaluable opportunities to young people, allowing them to experience the world of work and for student studying vocational courses, it allows them to gain essential knowledge related to their course.

    Please contact us for more information about the placements we are looking for this year.