Young business brains
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.