Over 100 pupils from mid & north Staffordshire battled it out in the county semi-finals of this year’s Young Enterprise.
The programme, being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council helps young people develop their business and personal skills by creating their own company and products.
Winners from the north heat were Enviro Pallets from Madeley High School with their novel approach to recycling old storage pallets. Winners from mid Staffordshire were Connexsus from Alleynes Academy in Stone with their Smoothie Jigsaw to encourage children to eat more fruit.
The Innovation Award for north Staffordshire went to Wisdom from Wolstanton High School who developed a book and tooth cleaning kit that encourages children to brush their teeth.
Journey Awards went to Zeal from Walton High School & Fabric Works from Stoke 6th Form College, while wild card and Innovation Award Winners were Orbit from King Edward VI High School with their innovative Augmented reality Story Book.
Judges were very impressed with all the teams and Jane Belcher, HR Manager with Michelin said:
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our involvement with this year’s Programme. We have been extremely impressed with the range of products the teams have developed, how the students have clearly recognised the transferable skills they have developed and the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated”.
Tony Baines, Commissioner for Skills & Employability at Staffordshire County Council added his congratulations to all the teams. Tony said:
“We’ve been following these young entrepreneurs progress carefully, from creating their companies, developing their business ideas and products to getting out selling them to the public.
“They have been on an exciting journey, learning vital business and personal skills all of which will benefit them both in life and whatever career they choose.”
The semi-finals were held at World of Wedgwood on Wednesday 5th April with the finalists going through to the county finals on the 10th May. The county winners will then go on to the regional competition later in June.
Cora Berrisford from Alleynes Academy said:
“From only becoming MD of Connexsus since February I am so proud of the effort the team have made in the final few weeks; we really worked together and have achieved so much. We couldn’t be happier with this amazing achievement”
Henry Lapworth from Orbit at King Edward VI High School said:
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and we look forward to the next steps’.
Over twenty High Schools from across the county and city of Stoke-on-Trent have signed up to the programmes, working with over 3,500 students. Pupils work alongside teachers, business mentors and employers in school and take part in practical, engaging activities that introduce them to the world of work and enterprise.
The Young Enterprise programme is being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with the Education Trust. It is being funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership with support from volunteer business advisers from organisations such as Michelin, Wedgwood, Federation of Small businesses, Asda and many more.
Some of the schools taking part in this year’s programme include:
Stafford, Walton High School, hand pressed Briquettes
Stafford, King Edwards VI, digital books
Stafford, Stafford Grammar School
Newcastle under Lyme, Madeley High School, shabby chich boxes
Newcastle under Lyme, Wolstanston High School, children’s toothbrushes
Newcastle under Lyme, Newcastle under Lyme School, safety stickers, bottle lamps and clocks
Stoke on Trent, Discovery Academy, fulfilment in a box
Stoke on Trent, St Thomas More Catholic College, lamps
Stoke on Trent, City of Stoke on Trent S.F.C., handmade soft furnishings
Stone, Alleyne’s Academy, coffee cup holders and healthy lifestyle jigsaws
Brewood, St Dominic’s School, handmade cards
Tamworth, Landau Forte QEMS, memorabilia for school leavers
Tamworth, Landau Forte Sixth Form, survival kits for camping/festival goers
Tamworth, Rawlett School, internet safety book/website
Burton, Paget, ‘Healthy Food For Thought’ A fitness book that provides alternatives to commonly made meals
Burton, Paulet, coffee jars
Cannock, Chase Terrace, Vynality’ A nail art company creating original vinyl nail stencils
Cannock, Cannock Chase High School
Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral School, ‘Original Chai Company’ – selling loose leaf tea sourced from India
Lichfield, King Edwards VI, Timmy Toothy which is a tooth brushing motivational system for children; it tracks when a child has brushed their teeth daily and nightly.