Young busi­ness brains

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Porirua Col­lege stu­dents are get­ting down to busi­ness fol­low­ing a workshop at the col­lege.

Stu­dents spent three days de­vel­op­ing vir­tual com­pa­nies, for prod­ucts such as mu­sic­play­ing one­sies, dur­ing the BP Busi­ness Chal­lenge last month.

The workshop is part of a se­ries of pro­grammes run by the Young En­ter­prise Trust, de­signed to de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of en­trepreneurs.

The three-day prac­ti­cal busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion workshop was de­signed to in­tro­duce sec­ondary stu­dents to the world of busi­ness in a ‘‘fun and en­gag­ing way’’, said Yolande Rosario from the trust.

‘‘At the start, stu­dents are di­vided into teams of eight and are taught the busi­ness con­cepts, in­clud­ing how to de­velop a busi­ness plan,’’ she said.

Stu­dents formed their own ‘‘vir­tual’’ com­pa­nies, re­searched and de­cided on a prod­uct or ser­vice, wrote up a busi­ness plan and pre­pared an oral pre­sen­ta­tion to pitch their plan, she said.

‘‘The skills they de­velop in a pro­gramme like this are the ex­act skills that BP look for when re­cruit­ing peo­ple into our own or­gan­i­sa­tion,’’ Mrs Rosario said.

Stu­dents were en­cour­aged to con­tinue with their busi­ness ideas fol­low­ing the workshop, with sup­port avail­able from the Young En­ter­prise Trust.

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

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