Art Students in Cornwall have set their sights on a trip to Berlin as they start their Young Enterprise journey.
“The students will set up and run a company, which is a real business with profits and all, for an academic year,” explained Helen Carlin, Manager for Young Enterprise within Cornwall.
“They will then compete against other colleges and universities across the UK for the best business.”
Student participant, Adam Wilkinson, explained his team was hoping to make the most out of what Cornwall had to offer.
“One of the biggest business areas in Cornwall, is tourism and it’s beaches, so we are thinking about making small trinkets; jewellery and things, out of things you find on the beach such as driftwood,” he continued.
“We are hoping to make a few good quality products that we can sell as a gift to take home. I think working on the project will really open my eyes to working in a group and as a team, as well as self-management and keeping deadlines.”
Amanda Wood, Learning Company Cultivator Manager at Cornwall College, said the programme is going to give students a real insight into setting up an enterprising business “with loads of help from the young enterprise team, its mentors and all of its volunteers”.
“It is something that we are pioneering this year and already the excitement to get underway is obvious within the students,” she continued.
“We are really looking forward to be able to provide a thorough and real employability program for our learners this year”.
Helen concurred, and added she was “really excited to be working with the students”.
“This program is going to help broaden their horizons, improve their employability skills; such as resilience, team work and communication and give them access to working with local businesses which they otherwise wouldn’t have had,” she explained.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to see what ideas they generate and run with.”
For more information on the range of courses available through Cornwall College visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.