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EBP Kent - King Ethelbert School - Business of Enterprise In-School Final

July 16 - 2012
King Ethelbert School – Business of Enterprise In-School Final

After several weeks of intense planning, the Year 9 of the King Ethelbert School finally had their In School Final. The final, of course, would decide who would be going onto next year’s Grand Final, and boy, what a difficult choice it was!

Every group had stretched their business brains to the limit producing an extremely professional collection of presentations that belied their young age and confounded judges by the sheer scale of innovation on show. The winner will prove to be a formidable foe at next year’s Grand Final where Kent schools will once again battle it out to have their idea chosen as the most innovative Business of Enterprise idea.

“A good presentation. Well done remembering all of those figures!” Judge’s quote.

“Excellent concept, good investigation and well delivered.” Judge’s quote.

“Good theme idea. Unique offering. Location research done (very well).” Judge’s quote.

EBP Kent - Old News Equals New Innovations - John Wallis School

July 13 - 2012
Old News Equals New Innovations – John Wallis School

The creative force that is Stixx rolled its way into the John Wallis School, tasking its Year 9 students with the creation of a brand new item of furniture. Innovation was heavy on the agenda, as an assortment of the weird and the wonderful were produced all for the home comfort of the living room!
With classrooms looking like the furniture section of an Argos catalogue, it is little wonder that so many students chose to take their creations home with them! A colourful final saw numerous groups trying to enforce their will on a panel of highly entertained judges, with clever marketing devices employed to promote their unique brand of furniture.

“I really liked working with people that I would never normally work with.” Student quote

“Fun but hard work, especially as we had to include the ideas of everyone.” Student quote

“It helps to grow your confidence.” Student quote.

EBP Kent - Dover Stixx! - Dover Town Hall

July 12 - 2012
Dover Stixx! – Dover Town Hall

Dover schools attended a day of high creativity that involved the manufacture of innovative structures, designed to be of positive aesthetic quality and, if possible, provide a useful function around the household.

Using the might of the Stixx machines, vast quantities of old newspaper were recycled to form solid rods that would provide the skeleton for whatever the students chose to produce.

EBP Kent - The Business of Enterprise Runners-Up Final - Cummins Power Generation

July 12 - 2012
The Business of Enterprise Runners-Up Final – Cummins Power Generation

A first for the Business of Enterprise this year, as the runners-up from each in-school final were given the chance to compete in a separate final within the grounds of Cummins Power Generation. It is easy to forget when watching the grand final of the Business of Enterprise that the project incorporates such a huge body of students.

By providing a runners-up final the Business of Enterprise can now recognize the endeavors of an even greater number of students. Often the margins between first and second place can be extremely fine, so it is fitting that companies that fall just short should have the opportunity to show off their hard work.

In its debut year, the runners-up final, offered up a bevy of presentations that highlighted just how many ‘natural’ entrepreneurs this great competition discovers. There was considerable head scratching on the judging panel, as they tried to sort out a definite winner from so many strong, innovative companies. It might sound corny, but with every group displaying novel ideas and powerful presentations, there really were no losers on the day. During times of such austerity, look no further than this collection of young entrepreneurs who may very well hold the key to a future economic revival.

“Innovative idea and really good for Margate!” Judge’s quote

“Simply excellent idea, which is bound to lead to an amazing business.” Judge’s quote

“World class concept! Please continue the great work!” Judge’s quote.

Click here for a full report.

EBP Kent - Make it Work - Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

July 09-11 - 2012
Make It Work – Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School

The Year 10 of Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School enjoyed another dose of industry led challenges and the development of key employability skills. The themes of communication, teamwork, creativity, presentation skills and interview techniques were present and bolstered by numerous employer written challenges that students were allocated according to future employment aspirations.

A range of companies showed considerable support by developing and introducing challenges that related to their area of expertise. They offered a problem that students would have to research, then solve and, finally, present back to a panel of judges on the final day. Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Fashion, Law, Advertising, Journalism, IT and the Royal Navy all offered specific challenges for students to tackle, inspiring a conveyor belt of incredible work! The end of the final day bore witness to a cornucopia of colourful presentations, each bearing the stamp of their particular employer-led challenge.

Visitors and teachers were dazzled by an array of information that showed considerable due diligence and pride in representing their chosen industry.

“I improved my presentation techniques and my self-confidence increased.” Student quote.

“A lot of fun and I learnt a lot that I can benefit from.” Student quote

“It was a good learning experience and gave me more confidence.” Student quote

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - King Ethelbert School

July 09 - 2012
Business Surgery – King Ethelbert School

The Year 9 of King Ethelbert School had one final chance to polish presentations and complete company business plans, in their final Business Surgery of the academic year.

Tension was high among a body of students all desperate to win the opportunity to compete in next year’s grand final.

EBP Kent - The Business of Enterprise Final - Canary Wharf

July 05 - 2012
The Business of Enterprise Final – Canary Wharf

An incredible day of significant magnitude, took place within the splendor of Barclays in Canary Wharf, as this year’s Business of Enterprise project culminated in its grand final. As predicted throughout the coverage of the project in ‘Hot News,’ the competition was incredibly fierce - every group refusing to budge an inch in what they felt was their rightful place at the top of the pile. This was the final to end all finals, with presentation after presentation of unnerving quality, belying the young ages possessed by each participant.

An intimidating judging panel spent an eternity, desperately trying to agree on an overall winner, as personal preferences clashed over the tidal wave of quality that they had just seen. An audience of teachers and pupils watched intently as fingernails were worn down in anticipation of the handing out of awards.

A worthy overall winner was chosen as the curtain was brought down on an incredibly successful year for the Business of Enterprise – a project that continues to go from strength to strength for the benefit of so many of Kent’s schools.

Click here to read a full report.


EBP Kent - Stixx!! - Westwood School

July 04 - 2012
Stixx!! – Westwood School

The Westwood School became a hub of unprecedented creativity, generating wonderful feats of engineering via the magic of the Stixx machines. Items of furniture were mass produced by the recycling of old newspaper to create solid foundations and strong support.

Chairs, bins, goals, tents and tables were on display at the end of the day for an extremely impressed judge.

EBP Kent - Work Experience Preparation - Cornwallis Academy

July 04 - 2012
Work Experience Preparation – Cornwallis Academy

Students from the Cornwallis Academy were treated to a morning of instruction and guidance to compliment their impending work placements. Behavior, dress, presentation skills, etc, were all topics covered in order to better prepare students for what will be an incredibly important experience.

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - King Ethelbert School

July 02 - 2012
Business Surgery – King Ethelbert School

The midway point of the Business of Enterprise was reached by this year’s King Ethelbert students as finance and marketing plans were ironed out for the future scrutiny of inquisitive judges. The competition is starting to heat up for an extremely capable body of students.

EBP Kent - Health & Safety Briefing - Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

July 02 - 2012
Health & Safety Briefing – Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School

The Year 11 of Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School were left enlightened by an extremely informative Health & Safety lecture that pulled no punches in highlighting the importance of safe practice within the workplace.

Potential hazards were highlighted and key signs discussed, endorsing a safe work environment for the many keen listeners in the audience.

EBP Kent - The Jubilee Hour

July 05 - 2012
The Jubilee Hour

There is a campaign that might be of interest to many Kent Schools and Colleges. The Jubilee Hour is about people volunteering for one hour, sixty minutes to honour the sixty years’ service of the Queen.

At a London launch event it was wonderful to hear how groups of young people had decided to donate their ‘hour’ from a Year 2 group singing to old people, to a sixth form reading with the whole of Year 7. It is possible to register on the site as an organisation and pledge the hours your school community are prepared to give.

Please take a moment to look at the site

EBP Kent - Sandwich Technology School - Health & Safety

June 29 - 2012
Sandwich Technology School – Health & Safety

Student safety is of paramount importance before any work placement is given the green light, so it is imperative to make sure that students are as clued up as possible regarding potential hazards in the workplace.

The year 10 of Sandwich Technology School received a Health & Safety talk that highlighted the importance of responsible behavior during their Work Experience that will go some way to ensuring not only their safety but the safety of others as well.

Click here - Olym0pic & paralympic Celebration Day - Quex Park

June 28 - 2012
Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Day – Quex Park

Delivered in partnership with The Ursuline College, a day of epic proportions took place at Quex Park in Birchington-on-Sea, with over 2000 students from schools across Thanet coming together to celebrate the coming Olympics/Paralympic Games.

Organisations from across Kent, provided students with a cornucopia of workshops, that swamped Quex in a glittering array of colour and fevered excitement. Whether the students were decorating an Olympic Box with carefully crafted designs, paintballing, competing in volleyball or learning the art of Chinese calligraphy (to name a few of the workshops!!), no stone was left unturned in ensuring that there was, at the very least, something for everyone.

A world record attempt took place during the lunch hour as well as performances from local singers that kept everyone thoroughly entertained as they refueled for the next bout of energetic workshops! An incredible day that emphasized the power of partnership between industry and education, ensuring the legacy of the impending Games remains etched in the hearts and minds of Thanet’s schoolchildren for years to come.

Aerial view - click here

 

EBP Kent - Wilmington Grammar School for Girls - Interview Day

June 28 - 2012
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls – Interview Day

Local Magistrates and employees of Natwest came together to provide the Year 10 of Wilmington Grammar School for Girls with the opportunity to get their first taste of an interview setting. Students were interviewed using a variety of questions, before being given feedback and advice on possible improvements and specific techniques.

An invaluable experience - one that will be priceless for the ‘real thing,’ when the students eventually take that step into employment.

EBP Kent - The Knole Academy - Work Experience Preparation

June 27 - 2012
The Knole Academy – Work Experience Preparation

Another set of Year 10 students from The Knole Academy were prepped and readied for a week of Work Experience, by getting them to tackle workshops on Teamwork, Presentation Skills, Communication and Health and Safety.

The knowledge acquired from the morning will hopefully improve the value of the placement and encourage an, ultimately, satisfying experience.

EBP Kent - Wilmington Grammar School for Boys - Major Prep for the Next Step!

June 25 - 2012
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys – Major Prep for the Next Step!

Employers can sleep easy that they will soon be receiving an incredibly gifted and well prepared Year 10 from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, for their week long Work Experience placements.

A morning jam-packed with advice from employers and business presenters, ensured that the students were in no doubt as to what awaits in a work environment and the kind of behavior that will be expected.

EBP Kent - Olympic & paralympic Roadshow

June 25 - 2012
Business Surgery – King Ethelbert School

The latest crop of young entrepreneurs from King Ethelbert School continued to tackle the Business of Enterprise project this week, providing business advisors with an insight into just how creative the next generation can be.

With some hugely inventive ideas on show and some clever pieces of marketing being formulated, it was hard for many of the advisors to believe the students were of such a young age. A strong showing in next year’s Business of Enterprise final beckons!

EBP Kent - Olympic & paralympic Roadshow

June 25,26 & 29 - 2012
Olympic & Paralympic Roadshow

The Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow reached a stunning conclusion this week, as three schools rounded off the tour nicely, with the usual mixture of physical, creative and mental activities providing a lot of fun. Northdown, Chilton and Birchington Primary School all provided a body of extremely excited students who tackled the workshops with energetic gusto, producing a fabulous array of work.

Congratulations to everyone involved in making the roadshow such an incredible success and of huge benefit to so many of Thanet’s deserving schools!

EBP Kent - Olympic & paralympic Roadshow

June 19,20 & 21- 2012
Olympic & Paralympic Roadshow

The success of the roadshow is showing no sign of slowing down as it rolled into another three Thanet schools this week. Christ Church Junior School, Newlands Primary School and Garlinge Primary School all played host to the roadshow’s eclectic mixture of physical activities and memento themed workshops.

The roadshows have proven to be the perfect compliment to the coming Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Day on the 28th June and for generating enthusiasm among the numerous Thanet schoolchildren for the impending ‘Games.’

EBP Kent - Work Experience Preparation - St Simon Stock School

June 21 - 2012
Work Experience Preparation – St Simon Stock School

The Year 10 of St Simon Stock School were spectators during a hugely informative Health and Safety presentation, that will go some way in ensuring that their Work Experience placements run as smoothly as possible.

A huge thank you to the Year 10 students who were patient and respectful throughout the entire presentation.

EBP Kent - Business of Enterprise - Sir Roger Manwoods

June 18-22 - 2012
Business of Enterprise – Sir Roger Manwoods

A huge week for the Year 10 of Sir Roger Manwoods, as they completed the entire Business of Enterprise project in one week! Commitment and focus were the overriding themes of the week as students had to efficiently tackle the problems of coming up with a brand new business idea, then market it, brand it, finance and present it, in what was an incredibly short space of time! This didn’t seem to faze such an able minded body of students, who took to the challenge in the manner of real professionals, creating a mixture of presentations that generated a headache for judges who had the unenviable task of choosing an overall winner!

Sir Roger Manwoods will now go on to compete in the Grand Final against several other Kent Schools within the plush surroundings of Canary Wharf.

“A great use of emerging technology!” Comment from one of the judges

“Could prove to be popular with the target audience.” Comment from one of the judges

“Great plan for getting people on board. Would be beneficial to the stores and the customer.” Comment from one of the judges

“Great concept. Good safety features. Lots of H&S benefits.” Comment from one of the judges

EBP Kent - Town Planning Seminar - Canterbury Christ Church University

July 05 - 2012
Town Planning Seminar – Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University will play host to a Town Planning Seminar, supporting a superb initiative by The Rotary Club of Canterbury to enlighten students on one of the UK’s most important, but little known, legal systems.

This free seminar will offer talks on procedures, policies and law, hosted by three top planning officials. Click here to find out you can take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

EBP Kent - Olympic & Paralympic Celebration Day - Quex Park

Jun 28 - 2012
Olympic & Paralympic Celebration Day – Quex Park

Thanet primary and secondary schools will have the chance to celebrate the impending Olympic and Paralympic Games, on the 28th June 2012. Quex Park will provide a prestigious venue for employers and organisations to provide workshops celebrating the various cultures that will be present at the Games. The Year 5 and Year 7 of every school in Thanet will be invited to participate in a morning or afternoon of fun, interaction, Olympic Values, World Record breaking attempts and a unique aerial photo.

If you are an employer or a school interested in getting involved, then please do not hesitate to get in contact via our info email address: info@ebpkent.co.uk or please visit our ‘Book Online’ page to allocate your students a place.

EBP Kent - We're Together Now - A World Record Attempt

Jun 28 - 2012
We’re Together Now – A World Record Attempt

The Olympic/Paralympic Celebration day is almost upon us now, with schools from across Thanet, booked in for a day of cultural celebration and Olympic/Paralympic themed workshops. The day will also see an attempt at a World Record as Thanet students unite to sing a song composed by St Peter C of E Junior School and Pie Factory Music, entitled: ‘We’re Together Now.’ The song will celebrate the Games as well as themes such as diversity, respect and culture.

This will be a unique attempt and a fantastic opportunity for so many schools to come together in unison and be a part of a world record. To read more about the song and how to obtain an information pack for it please click here

EBP Kent - The Abbey School - Health and Safety Talk

June 15 - 2012
The Abbey School – Health and Safety Talk

Nothing is more important on a Work Experience placement than the safety of the student. With that in mind, the Year 10 of The Abbey School were given a Health and Safety talk, ensuring the students were as briefed as possible regarding general behavior, acceptable codes of conduct and the potential hazards that might be faced within a workplace.

EBP Kent - Tunbridge Well Grammar School for Boys -  Work Experience Opportunities

June 14 - 2012
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys – Work Experience Opportunities

EBP Kent had the pleasure of helping Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys choose their Work Experience placements, for what will be an important week in the students’ development regarding future career possibilities and general aspirations.

The students handled the whole selection process in an extremely professional manner, pointing towards successful week long work placements for all involved.

EBP Kent - Knole Academy - Work Experience Opportunities

June 13 - 2012
Knole Academy – Work Experience Preparation

The Year 10 of Knole Academy had an intense morning of workshops designed to prepare them for what awaits during their week long Work Experience placements. Workshops on Teamwork, Presentation Skills, Communication and Health Safety, will ensure that employers receive a body of students well prepared to make the step from classroom to the work environment.

Students were also able to take advantage of talks from professionals working within the care industry, who were offering advice on general behavior in the workplace and relating it to their own particular field of expertise.

EBP Kent - Olympic & paralympic Roadshow

June 12 - 2012
Dame Janet Community Infant & Nursery School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

Another day, another roadshow. The success and popularity of the roadshow has been overwhelming, showing no signs of slowing down and generating a huge amount of excitement among Thanet’s schoolchildren.

Dame Janet enjoyed the health benefits of an intense decathlon, the rhythmic maneuvering of an exciting dance challenge and a nostalgic nod to Olympic/Paralympic past with a memento workshop.

EBP Kent is proud to be a part of the Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow and looks forward to presenting it to many more schools in Thanet.

EBP Kent - King Ethelbert School - The Business of Enterprise

June 11 - 2012
King Ethelbert School – The Business of Enterprise

King Ethelbert School readied their Year 9 students for next year’s Business of Enterprise by starting the project a year early! The winning group from the current crop of participants will go onto represent the school in next year’s final.

After a lengthy introduction to the challenge, students were given a short amount of time to issue team roles and settle upon business ideas. Incredibly, this didn’t prevent the standard of new products developed from being anything other than exceptional.

Positive signs indeed for the school that bodes well for next year’s Business of Enterprise grand final!

EBP Kent - Olympic & paralympic Roadshow

June 11 - 2012
Newington Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

A ‘mock’ opening ceremony kick-started proceedings at Newington Primary School as students enjoyed a healthy dose of the Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow.

With dance workshops, a decathlon and a memento creating session, students were ensured a fun filled afternoon that brought the excitement of the Games to their very doorstep!

EBP Kent - St Joseph's Catholic School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

June 01 - 2012
St Joseph’s Catholic School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

What a way to end the week! St Joseph’s Catholic School greeted the Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow, with a group of high spirited and excited children, who dived eagerly into the Decathlon and displayed high levels of creativity during a memento workshop.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved!

EBP Kent - Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Day - Teacher Twilight Evening

May 31 - 2012
Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Day – Teacher Twilight Evening

A Twilight Evening took place for the many Primary and Secondary Schools attending the Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Day at Quex Park on the 28th June. With over 2000 students attending, it was of paramount importance to deliver instructions and timings for the day to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment for everyone involved.

EBP Kent - Palm Bay Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

May 31 - 2012
Upton Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

Upton Primary School welcomed the Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow, as an emotional opening ceremony kick-started an exciting mixture of Olympic themed workshops, aimed at exhausting and exciting in equal measure!

With the Games just around the corner, the roadshow has ensured a genuine buzz of anticipation has enveloped many of Thanet’s Primary schools.

EBP Kent - Borden Grammar School - Business of Enterprise In-School Final

May 30 - 2012
Borden Grammar School – Business of Enterprise In-School Final

Borden Grammar School has always been a consistently solid performer in the Business of Enterprise competition and this year proved to be no different. In fact, the current crop of competitors were nothing short of amazing! You would be hard pressed to find a more tightly contested final than the one that occurred at the school.

Judges deliberated back and forth for a considerable amount of time as the pros and (very few) cons were decided upon for each, highly professional group. A winner was eventually found who will go onto offer some exceedingly tough competition during the Grand Final in Canary Wharf.

“Brilliant visual PowerPoint and a very professional presentation.” Comment from one of the judges.

“Great idea and highly marketable.” Comment from one of the judges.

“Some expansive ideas and solid development plans.” Comment from one of the judges.

EBP Kent - Olympic & paralympic Roadshow

May 30 - 2012
Bromstone Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

The Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow continues to gather momentum around Thanet, infecting everyone with the spirit of the Games! This week it made a stop at Bromstone Primary School, where it encouraged children to get involved in dance workshops, decathlons, a memento creating workshop and a mock ‘Opening Ceremony.’

EBP Kent - Palm Bay Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

May 29 - 2012
St Simon Stock School – Preparing for lift off!

The Year 12 of St Simon Stock took part in a series of workshops offering support for the giant steps taken when entering into Higher Education and future employment. These are important times as they embark upon the final year of their school life, so it is of paramount importance that the students get as much guidance as possible.

Workshops on teambuilding, creativity, interviews, C.V. writing and presentation skills, will have gone some way to encouraging the students for the exciting times that lie ahead.

EBP Kent - The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation - Business of Enterprise In-School Final

May 28 - 2012
The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation – Business of Enterprise In-School Final

Superlatives were in abundance as The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation displayed a bevy of innovation and enterprise during their in-school final. Quite where the students found the time to craft and hone such professional presentations was beyond anyone, but this was certainly a final that won’t easily be forgotten.

With so many strong groups already booked for Canary Wharf, it was important that the overall winner from the Federation had that little bit extra, standing them in good stead for the Grand Final. Boy did they deliver! An enterprising idea, a solid presentation and an ability to think on their feet will ensure a good chance of success against other schools from Kent.

“Confident speech – impacts on you straight away!” Comment from one of the judges.

“Very thorough – great communication from all of the members.” Comment from one of the judges.

“Great concept. Would suit the needs of the majority of people.” Comment from one of the judges.

EBP Kent - Palm Bay Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

May 25 - 2012
Palm Bay Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

The Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow has proven to be a huge hit with schools across Thanet and this event proved to be no different. An opening ceremony, track and field activities, a dance workshop and a memento creating session, all made for a jam-packed day!

The Roadshow has generated a lot of excitement for the young people of Thanet, especially with the Olympics/Paralympics just around the corner.

EBP Kent - St Peter's Junior School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

May 21 - 2012
St Peter’s Junior School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

The Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow arrived at St Peter’s Junior School, for a day of high energy and creative workshops. A memento of the day was created by each student after sampling a mini-decathlon and an intense dance workshop.

Workshop presenters were hugely impressed with the enthusiasm with which each student took to the tasks and a fantastic day was had by all.

EBP Kent - Vertex Law Training for Reading Partners

May 18 - 2012
Vertex Law Training for Reading Partners

EBP Kent and Vertex Law have forged a partnership committed to the provision of mentoring and literacy for students at Aylesford School - Sports College. This will be a huge opportunity for many students attempting to tackle the rigours of academic life, with a wealth of experience available from Vertex Law which will offer a guiding hand especially regarding literacy skills.

Vertex Law spent the day training their volunteers to ensure they will be as prepared as possible to ensuring maximum success for when it comes to reading with the next generation of the UK’s workforce.

EBP Kent - BT - World of Work Day

May 18 - 2012
BT – World of Work Day

Chaucer Technology School took some very lucky students along to a ‘World of Work Day’ at BT in Canterbury, with the aim of inspiring the students about the world of work has to offer. The Year 10 were given an interactive tour of the Canterbury site, where they were encouraged to get involved and work with the various departments to find out what it is they do and how it is that they do it.

Workshops, presentations and team building exercises, rounded out a jam-packed day that was informative and fun, offering students a unique insight into the world of BT.

EBP Kent - Special Choices

May 17 - 2012
Special Choices

The biggest ever Special Choices event took place, with more students and schools attending this year’s Special Choices at the Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford. A wide range of vocational and educational workshops took place, as well as a plethora of general information on-hand regarding future opportunities for Kent’s LLDD students.

Fun, interactivity and the general raising of aspirations were key to ensuring the success of the day, with a wealth of new activities on-hand catering to each individual need. A full range of activities and career opportunities was on offer and a huge thank you must go out to all of the employers and organisations who made this event such a major success!

“Our pupils really enjoyed it and all said what a great time they had. It was well organized, informative and fun – what more could you ask for?!” Teacher quote

EBP Kent - The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation - Work Experience Preparation Day

May 16 - 2012
The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation – Work Experience Preparation Day

The Year 10 of the Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation spent the day preparing for their impending Work Experience which will be taking place over the course of a week!

The day was invaluable as it is so important that the students get as much out of their placements as possible, as it can be a hugely influential experience in terms of future career choices and aspirations.

EBP Kent - Olympic & paralympic Roadshow

May 11 - 2012
Salmestone Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

A fantastic way to end the week for Salmestone Primary School, with an Olympic/Paralympic extravaganza! A mock ‘Opening Ceremony’ kick-started the proceedings with a typically energetic performance, before students were exhausted with dance routines and Decathlon events!

A memento of the day was created for each student, who will long remember the day the Games came to visit their school!

EBP Kent - The Chatham and Calrendon Grammar School Federation - The Business of Enterprise

May 11 - 2012
The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Federation – The Business of Enterprise

With the groups on the precipice of their in-school final, students had the opportunity to polish and refine presentation techniques. No matter how good the idea or invention, if the presentation isn’t up to scratch then the chances are the potential company will fall flat!

Judges will be looking for exciting, innovative campaigns that will compliment what should already be a pioneering idea. Current evidence suggests that they won’t be disappointed.

EBP Kent - The New Generation

May 10 - 2012
The New Generation

Cummins Power Generation has long been an integral partner of EBP Kent, providing considerable support for some of our signature events and offering ambassadors and mentors for individual schools. With that in mind, Cummins Power Generation USA felt it was high time they paid us a visit, with their Corporate Responsibility Division arriving in Broadstairs. Some of this year’s Business of Enterprise groups were on-hand to greet them, wowing the attendees with their retail worthy ideas and slick presentations.

A consistent mainstay of the EBP Kent calendar over the years, it was fitting that the Business of Enterprise should be made a showcase for our visitors.

A fantastic meeting for all parties concerned, that will only add to an already concrete partnership and, hopefully, spring forth even more opportunity for schools Kent wide.

EBP Kent - Wilmington Grammar School for Girls - The Beauty of Success

May 10 - 2012
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls – The Beauty of Success

The Year 9 of Wilmington Grammar School for Girls learnt that the cosmetic industry isn’t all about glitz and glamour, as they got messy producing a colourful array of lipsticks. A slightly shorter day than usual, made for a more intense and exciting event, with students having to coordinate their groups into efficient well-oiled marketing machines.

Adjudicators at the end of the day were met with a cornucopia of fashionable advertising campaigns and, shall we say, an ‘interesting’ selection of home-made lipsticks! A great day had by all and a huge congratulations to the students of Year 9 who worked so diligently during the event.

EBP Kent - St Gregory's Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

May 8 - 2012
St Gregory’s Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

The Olympic and Paralympic Roadshow arrived at St Gregory’s Primary School to celebrate the panorama of themes associated with the Games. With so many diverse and wonderful cultures coming together in the summer, the Roadshow is a fantastic opportunity for students to be inspired by the sense of unity that this ‘sporting showcase’ engenders.

Dance workshops, the Decathlon and the opportunity to create a lasting memory of the day, made up a whirlwind of activities that exhausted and excited students in equal measure.

EBP Kent - Minster Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

May 3 - 2012
Minster Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

It was the turn of Minster Primary School to enjoy a day of Olympic and Paralympic themes. An energetic ‘Opening Ceremony’ set the scene for a day of high-octane and creative workshops! The Decathlon was brought to life in a series of practical activities, while a synchronized dance activity got the students up and moving in an exhausting, but fun workshop.

Finally, students produced a memento of their experiences of the day, using clay to create a colourful model.

EBP Kent - The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation - Business Surgery

May 3 - 2012
The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation – Business Surgery

The Business of Enterprise continues to gather steam at The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation, as the in-school final looms large on the horizon!

A full spectrum of ideas awaits the judges who will have a tough time choosing a favourite.

EBP Kent - Monkton Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

May 2 - 2012
Monkton Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic Roadshow

The first of a succession of Olympic and Paralympic Roadshows took place, in celebration of the impending Games. With a celebration day on the horizon booked for the 28th June 2012, the roadshows are a fantastic opportunity for Thanet schools to be inspired by the cultural and ethical themes of the games as well as engage in a bit of physical exercise!!

After being dazzled by an in-school ‘Opening Ceremony,’ students were invited to enjoy a synchronized activity with a qualified dance tutor, a ‘breathtaking’ Decathlon themed activity session and the opportunity to create a lasting memento of the day using clay to create a model impression of what the Olympics means to them.

A fabulous, short, sharp day that was enjoyed by all and will continue to be enjoyed as the roadshow moves around Thanet.

EBP Kent - Charles Dickens School - Business of Enterprise In-School Final

May 2 - 2012
Charles Dickens School – Business of Enterprise In-School Final

The Year 9 of the Charles Dickens School belied their youthful visage to wow local businesses with a wonderful mixture of colourful presentations and sharp marketing techniques. Business mentors have commented that this year’s crop of entrepreneurs have been some of the best that the school has produced and in this respect, the final did not disappoint.

Judges went back and forth in deliberation, with several teams being put forward for first place, until finally, an overall winner was settled upon. With a sound idea, tight business plan and a captivating presentation, this year’s winning group will have a fantastic chance of securing a prize at Canary Wharf.

“Very good work. Can’t wait to buy it!” Judges quote on one of the teams

“A really good professional presentation.” Judges quote on one of the teams

“Well done on the market research. The five year plan was very good!” Judges quote from one of the teams

“Great graphics, clever with website and the presentation looked very professional.” Judges quote on one of the teams.

EBP Kent - Olympic & Paralympic Celebration Day - Quex Park

May 1 - 2012
Mascalls School - Making a Healthy Living!

With week long work placements on the horizon, the Year 10 of Mascalls School enjoyed a morning of Health and Safety and Work Experience preparation. With some incredibly fast-paced and intense work placements chosen, it is of paramount importance that the students are as prepared as possible to ensure their safety, enabling them to get as much out of the placement as possible.

Opportunities for guidance in the preparation process of the workshops allowed students to relate the information given to their own particular placement.

EBP Kent - Folkestone Academy - Preparation, preparation, preparation

Apr 27 - 2012
Folkestone Academy – Preparation, preparation, preparation!

Folkestone Academy enjoyed a Work Experience Preparation morning, where their Year 10 were given a presentation on what to expect during their impending week long work experience.

Behavior, Dresscode and Health & Safety were just some of the topics spoken about as the students listened intently, relating the presentation to their own particular placement.

EBP Kent - The Cornwallis Academy - Furnishing News!

Apr 26 - 2012
The Cornwallis Academy – Furnishing News!

The Cornwallis Academy spent the day creating an assortment of furniture to sell and market for a top high street retailer using the power of the Stixx Machines. The entire Year 9 used an abundance of team work and creativity to recycle old newspapers into solid rods to build the frame for some incredible looking prototypes. Some highly energised teams produced some wonderful presentations at the end of the day, where they demonstrated how their product would work and what kind of marketing campaign would be used to launch it.

A great day was had by all, with some very exhausted looking faces looking extremely proud of the furniture that they had produced!

EBP Kent - The Chatha, & Clarendon Grammar School Federation - Business Surgery

Apr 25 - 2012
The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation – Business Surgery

The Business of Enterprise is well under away at The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School of Federation, with the Year 9 busy assembling powerful marketing plans and colourful presentations.

Some great ideas are starting to be emboldened by some solid business plans so the future for the Federation in this year’s competition looks very bright indeed!

EBP Kent - Dane Court Grammar School - Business of Enterprise In-School Final

Apr 24 - 2012
Dane Court Grammar School – Business of Enterprise In-School Final

An incredible final of gargantuan proportions took place as the future business magnates of Kent competed on stage to be this year’s Dane Court Business of Enterprise champions. An eclectic mixture of judges from all industry backgrounds were left astounded at the maturity and professionalism on show as students held their own during an intense grilling received at the end of each presentation. Questions were answered confidently as if the companies had been up and running for years and presentations were delivered in a manner that suggested that each group had poured their heart and soul into winning this great competition.

The overall winner will enjoy a trip to Canary Wharf to compete against other in-school winners, while the runners-up will be suitably compensated with a trip to Cummins Power Generation where they will compete against other school’s second placed teams.

“Clever idea – strong market – great depth.” Judge quote on one of the teams.

“Some challenges face this idea but what a great concept! Great depth, strong team.” Judge quote on one of the teams.

“Strong team, great branding awareness. Well structured.” Judge quote from one of the teams.

EBP Kent - Charles DIckens School - Business Surgery

Apr 23 - 2012
Charles Dickens School – Business Surgery

Charles Dickens enjoyed (or endured!) their final Business Surgery as the pressure ramped up for their impending in-school Business of Enterprise Final.

The Year 9 has truly excelled this year and it will be interesting to see how the judges filter out a winner from such a fantastic collection of groups.

EBP Kent - Tailored Techniques - John Wallis Academy

Apr 19 - 2012
Tailored Techniques – John Wallis Academy

The Year 10 of John Wallis Academy enjoyed a day of Work Experience Preparation, as they enjoyed a day of interactive workshops, designed to prepare them for their impending Work Experience and future techniques for latter job interviews. Each workshop was tailored to suit present needs and the kind of situations they may face when going for future jobs.

Each lesson was well-attended and the students showed an incredible amount of respect to every workshop leader. A great day, that will go some way to improving the students prospects for future employment.

EBP Kent - Tidy Desk/Tidy Mind - St Simon Stock Catholic School

Apr 18 - 2012
Tidy Desk/Tidy Mind! – St Simon Stock Catholic School

The ‘Make It Your Business’ challenge made its yearly visit to St Simon Stock, providing the students with incredibly tight deadlines and harsh judging criteria! Students were asked to invent a brand new storage device for school stationery that could be used at home and at St Simon Stock. Using recycled materials, teams developed and made prototypes that were presented at the end of the day to a panel of judges.

From the development stages through to the final presentations, the day was hugely successful and a credit to the creativity of so many young minds within the school’s Year 8.

EBP Kent - The Business of Enterprise - Hartsdown Technology College

Mar 27 - 2012
The Business of Enterprise – Hartsdown Technology College

The Business of Enterprise groups from the Year 9 of Hartsdown Technology College spent the day refining, honing and practicing their presentations, before entering into their in-school final where they faced a panel of inquisitive judges. With so much to do and so little time to do it, the students showed remarkable resolve and character to produce a selection of presentations that wouldn’t look out of place within your everyday boardroom.

The judges deliberated for what seemed to be an eternity, a testament to the high level of competition that they had just watched. The winning group will now go through to the grand final, in what will be a prestigious opportunity to represent their school against the best that the county has to offer.

EBP Kent - The Sweet Taste of Success - The Community College of Whitstable

Mar 26 - 2012
The Sweet Taste of Success –
The Community College Of Whitstable

The other half of The Community College of Whitstable’s Year 8, found out what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, as they formed a variety of healthy living companies and even got the chance to make their very own refreshing smoothies! Students presented their new companies at the end of an extremely hectic morning, providing judges with some mouth-watering samples and eye-catching design work.

“A good experience. I am going to make some more smoothies at home now!” Student comment

“We really enjoyed making our presentation and smoothie.” Student comment

“A fun activity that we can all get stuck into!” Student comment

EBP Kent - The Science of Looking Good - Highworth Grammar School for Girls

Mar 23 - 2012
The Science of Looking Good –
Highworth Grammar School for Girls

Fashion and science came together at Highworth Grammar School for Girls as students made their very own lipstick using a combination of organic materials and sheer good luck! After the products were made (all of varying aesthetic quality!) the students were tasked with the creation of an exciting new marketing campaign to present at the end of the day to a panel of judges.

The event was fortunate enough to have the presence of Coty who provided goodies, information and judging to a very excited Year 9. A big thank you to Coty, who played a major part in ensuring the day was a huge success!

“It was a good insight into work outside of school.” Student comment

“It was hard to solve some problems, but overall it was a good event and really developed our teamwork.” Student comment

“It was great to make and choose the lipstick and prepare for a presentation.” Student comment

EBP Kent - The Business Enterprise - The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation

Mar 20 - 2012
The Business of Enterprise –
The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation

The Business of Enterprise made an explosive final stop at The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation. An entire day was dedicated to coming up with a full marketing campaign, as students formed new companies and came up with new business ideas to present to judges at the end of the day. Intensity was high and creativity in abundance, as the Year 9 exceeded expectations and developed a plethora of fantastic new ideas.

The success of the day was bolstered by the presence of Barclays, who offered guidance and advice throughout the day, mentoring students as they prepared to present in a very competitive final.

“We thought it was a very effective and creative day.” Student comment

“When we got our minds in gear we loved it.” Student comment

“It was a new experience and we really enjoyed it!” Student comment

EBP Kent - Dane Court Grammar School - Business Surgery

Mar 13-16 - 2012
Dane Court Grammar School – Business Surgery

Dane Court Grammar School said goodbye to the Business of Enterprise this week, as the groups had their final mentoring session with Business Advisors and teaching staff. They will now compete against each other and vie for the ultimate prize of representing the school at the Business of Enterprise grand final!

A difficult task awaits the judges who will find it tough to choose an overall winner from such a high quality mixture of groups.

EBP Kent - The Ursuline College - Business Surgery

Mar 12 - 2012
The Ursuline College – Business Surgery

Ursuline College signed off from the Business of Enterprise in style, with wave after wave of fantastic presentations practised under the tutelage of Business Mentors. The effort put in by the groups has been incredible, all the more so given the fact that many are also involved with exams and general coursework!

All that remains is for the groups to present at the in-school final to a panel of esteemed judges, who will choose one lucky group to go through to the grand final!

EBP Kent - The Marlowe Academy - Sports Challenge

Mar 09 - 2012
The Marlowe Academy – Sports Challenge

The Olympics arrived early at The Marlowe Academy, as students from Years 10 and 12 became event planners for the day, organizing a community celebration of the Olympics at one of Kent’s Pre-Games Training Camps.

Chris Metherell, Facilities Development Manager and Lead Officer for the Pre-Games Training Camps, was on hand to offer advice as the students put together enticing events to get their local areas excited for the impending Games. Final presentations took place within the splendour of the Academy’s spacious theatre - fitting for such an eclectic and colourful mix of planned celebrations.

Click here to read what the Academy’s school reporters thought about the event.

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - Charles Dickens School

Mar 08 - 2012
Business Surgery – Charles Dickens School

The final Business Surgery for Charles Dickens’ Business of Enterprise project took place, as presentations were finely tuned and prototypes polished. It cannot be stressed enough just how competitive the Business of Enterprise is, this year at Charles Dickens.

Without exception, each group has applied a considerable amount of effort, which will hopefully reap huge success for one lucky student company!

EBP Kent - STIXX Challenge - Herne Bay High School

Mar 06 - 2012
STIXX Challenge – Herne Bay High School

Employability and Enterprise were high on the agenda at Herne Bay High School, as their Year 8 spent the day tackling a very intense STIXX Challenge set by an uncompromising EBP Kent! Using the fabulous STIXX machines, students were asked to recycle old newspaper into solid rods that they would use to create a piece of furniture. They were also asked to form working groups, divide into team roles, market and brand the furniture, cost it and finally present it to the rest of their peers!

All of this was done with very little time to spare and it is a credit to the professionalism of the students involved that the event proved such a success. A special thank you to Barclays, who offered invaluable advice throughout the course of the day.

“It was very fun, if your product does collapse and goes wrong, don’t give up!” Student comment

“It was good because we were making things!” Student comment

“Can we do this more often?!” Student comment

EBP Kent - Times they are a changing

Times they are a changing….

The next academic year will see a new world of Work Experience – powerful placements for many students aged 16 plus instead of the current 14-15 year olds. A powerful placement gives back to the employer and provides the student with a real experience of what a work environment is actually like.

Just this week a Vehicle Mechanic in Dover commented, ‘that he currently had the best student he has ever worked with.’ With all of that said it is easy to forget the incredible hard work put in by the EBP Kent’s Work Experience department, who have so often proven to be the solid foundations upon which EBP Kent’s philosophy is built. Involved with over 9,000 students each academic year, their reputation is testament to the professional manner in which they operate and the incredible relationships they continue to grow year upon year.

EBP Kent - Thanet Rotaract Interest Meeting

Mar 19 - 2012
Thanet Rotaract Interest Meeting

Thanet’s 6 Rotaract Clubs will be holding a special meeting proposing the formation of a new Thanet Rotaract Club. The club will offer people between the ages of 18-30 the chance to be part of a fun, dynamic and unique international organization. The group will be formed by a body of spirited young people determined to help others.

Rotaract invites you to join them on Monday 19th March at the Canterbury Christ Church University, Broadstairs campus, to find out a little bit more about Rotaract and how you can benefit by becoming a member.

For more details please click here.

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - Borden Grammar School

Feb 29 - 2012
Business Surgery – Borden Grammar School

Borden Grammar School had their final Business Surgery of this academic year, as they finalised their presentations with the help and guidance of EBP Kent Business Mentors. With some fantastic ideas fixed in place, all that there is to do now for many of these fantastic groups, is to present to an esteemed judging panel, who will crown an overall winner that will go through to compete in the grand final.

Good luck Borden Grammar School and congratulations on another successful year in the Business of Enterprise.

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - Dane Court Grammar School

Feb 28 - Mar 02 2012
Business Surgery – Dane Court Grammar School

The Year 10 of Dane Court Grammar School spent another week working with a selection of Business Mentors on their Business of Enterprise project. Ideas have really started to take shape and presentation preparation has begun, as the students get ready for their in-school final that will take place in front of a panel of business judges.

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - Charles Dickens School

Feb 28 - 2012
Business Surgery - Charles Dickens School

The Business of Enterprise returned to the Charles Dickens School, for another round of Business Surgeries. Each group is nearing the final stages, as they start to practise their presentations and complete business portfolios.

Business Mentors previously commented on the intense competitive spirit displayed by the current crop of Year 9 students and this surgery proved to be no different! A fiery final awaits Charles Dickens’ allocated panel of judges!

EBP Kent - Thanet Rotaract Interest Meeting

Feb 28 - 2012
Skillsfest – The Marlowe Academy

The Marlowe Academy played host to 40 exhibitors from a variety of industries providing the whole school with the chance to gain industry advice and find out what opportunity might await in the very near future. Interactivity was the order of the day, as exhibitors brought along a colourful range of displays and hands-on workshops that afforded students an experience wholly unique in terms of career information and future prospects. From Hair & Beauty to Engineering, Retail to Bioscience, the range of exhibitors was as wide as it was eclectic, ensuring that there was something for everybody. Exhibitors were left amazed by the enthusiasm on display and the courtesy afforded them by an extremely polite and well-behaved body of students.

Congratulations Marlowe Academy, on another successful event! Please click here to read what the students had to say about the event.

The students seemed very enthusiastic and it was a joy to be able to explain different courses to them.” Exhibitor comment.

“Very enjoyable day, nice being able to help the pupils with their questions.” Exhibitor comment.

“A good day had by all.” Exhibitor comment.

“A very useful day for the students and the exhibitors!” Exhibitor comment.

EBP Kent - Enterprise Day- The Community College Whitstable

Feb 27 - 2012
Enterprise Day – The Community College Whitstable

The Year 8 of The Community College of Whitstable displayed huge entrepreneurial spirit as they sliced, blended and tasted a variety of fruit that would form the ingredients for a brand new Smoothie beverage. Students were asked to create a new Smoothie company that would market a new range of health drinks and snack bars, and present it to a panel of judges at the end of a very hectic morning!

The students were professional from start to finish and left the business mentors extremely grateful for the high level of respect shown throughout the event.

“I did not like smoothies but now I love them, thanks to the project!” Student comment
“It was fun and interesting to learn about marketing.” Student comment
“It was good because it was different to what we normally do!” Student comment

EBP Kent - Charles Dickens School - Business Surgery

Feb 23 - 2012
Charles Dickens School – Business Surgery

‘Intensity’ was the keyword at Charles Dickens today as the competition among the Year 9 Business of Enterprise groups raised several notches! A determination to win and an iron resolve to succeed generated an air of creativity that will surely reap reward when the ideas are judged at the end of the school’s project experience!

EBP Kent - Coca Cola Education Centre Visit

Feb 23 - 2012
Coca Cola Education Centre Visit

Over twenty teachers from schools all over Kent descended upon Coca Cola Enterprises, to find out how their pupils can benefit from a visit to the Sidcup Education Centre. The site aims to host over 200 visits a year, reaching over 4,000 students, who will be able to take advantage of the Centre’s fantastic resources and enjoy a mind boggling tour of the adjacent factory! Visits also offer a cornucopia of incredible links and general themes, encapsulating: Business Studies, Design & Technology, Marketing, Engineering, Information Communication Technology and Science. These wonderful visits aim to be interactive and pertinent to the student’s everyday lives, enabling them to use examples from any time spent at the Education Centre to inform their studies.

“A very worthwhile CPD opportunity.” Teacher comment

“Very interesting and useful for various subjects including Business Studies.” Teacher Comment

“A well informed talk and tour.” Teacher comment

EBP Kent - Borden Grammar School - Business Surgery

Feb 22 - 2012
Borden Grammar School – Business Surgery

The Year 10 of Borden Grammar School displayed entrepreneurial skills beyond their early years, with ideas bursting full of potential. Business mentors were stunned by the complex questions asked and the business savvy shown by a body of students who will be difficult to beat at this year’s Business of Enterprise final!

EBP Kent - Masterclass Day - The Charles Dickens School

Feb 08 - 2012
Masterclass Day – The Charles Dickens School

Over 70 students from the Year 9 of The Charles Dickens School, entered into the Business of Enterprise in sparkling fashion. Workshops were completed with the utmost professionalism and the results achieved outstanding. Project ideas were discussed and decided upon with swiftness and clarity as the groups raced out of the blocks at an alarming pace. Maintaining such a velocity will hopefully ensure major success during this year’s Business of Enterprise!

“We had a few disagreements but we worked well together overall!” Student comment.

“We feel we have created something that no-one else has thought of.” Student comment.

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - Ursuline College

Feb 08 - 2012
Business Surgery – Ursuline College

Business mentors visited the Year 10 of Ursuline College, to impart advice and give guidance as the students worked on their Business of Enterprise project. Mentors were left staggered by the sheer scope and range of innovation on show, deeming many of the ideas retail worthy, even at this early stage!

EBP Kent - Work Experience Preparation - St Edmund's Catholic School

Feb 07 - 2012
Work Experience Preparation – St Edmund’s Catholic School

The Year 10 of St Edmund’s Catholic School made the important decision of where to go on their week long work placement in September. Decisions were made with the utmost of care, for an experience that will be invaluable for future career choices.

EBP Kent wishes St Edmund’s Catholic School the best of luck as they embark on this fantastic new adventure.

EBP Kent - Business Surgery - Dane Court Grammar School

Feb 6,7,8 & 10 - 2012
Business Surgery – Dane Court Grammar School

Dane Court Grammar School’s Year 10 spent the week working with business mentors on the Business of Enterprise project. Advice on marketing and branding was in abundance as each group had the opportunity to discuss their brand new business ideas and work towards their final presentations.

Another solid year within the competition looks more than likely, with some highly enterprising groups taking shape.

EBP Kent - Dover Grammar School for Boys - Grow with Barclays

Feb 02 - 2012
Dover Grammar School for Boys –
Grow with Barclays

Barclays and EBP Kent continued to build upon a strong partnership which has already been of huge benefit to so many of Kent’s schools. The Year 11 of Dover Grammar School for Boys was asked to tackle a Business Growth challenge that would support curriculum work. With Business Managers on-hand to offer advice and support, the students were never far away from expert guidance and mentoring throughout the day. Barclays dedicated so much time in preparation and sent a large team to the school ensuring a very successful day for the young students. Investing in the economic future of Kent by sharing expertise and professional support is a common purpose amongst many of EBP Kent’s partners.

“The day really helped me to learn how businesses can grow.” Student comment
“My understanding of businesses and the rates of growth are now much better.” Student comment.

EBP Kent - Highworth Grammar School for Girls - Work Experience Preparation Day

Jan 31 - 2012
Highworth Grammar School for Girls –
Work Experience Preparation Day

Highworth Grammar School for Girls repeated the success of last year’s Work Preparation Day, with a host of new employers and workshops, before the Year 10 enter into their week long work placements. From Law to Speech Therapy, employers offered intriguing and diverse examples of their own particular industries. Invaluable information was disseminated to all, helping the young people prepare for their placements.

Work Placements are a rich addition to any CV, all the teaching about employment and employability cannot be matched against the actual experience of the Work Place.

EBP Kent - Maidstone Grammar School For Girls - Employability Skills

Jan 30 - 2012
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls –
Employability Skills

The Year 12 of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, embarked upon a series of workshops designed to give support as they approach Higher Education and employment. CV Writing, Interview Skills, First Impressions, Presentation Skills and Teamwork and Problem Solving, were all on offer during a highly professional day that went some distance to alleviating the stress that can accompany such an important stage of a young student’s life.

“The workshops were really useful and the presenters easy to interact with.” Student comment
“The day was great as there was a lot of interacting and not a lot of sitting still all the time.” Student comment

EBP Kent - Maidstone Grammar School for Girls - Lipstick Challenge

Jan 30 - 2012
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls –
Lipstick Challenge

The glitz and glamour of the make-up world was brought to Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, as their Year 10 made and marketed a new brand of lip products. Lipstick of varying aesthetic quality was produced and an incredible mixture of advertising campaigns presented, as Maidstone Grammar School for Girls once again led the way for innovation and enterprise!

“The day was interesting, fun and something different compared to normal focus days. It is a good way to learn about business.” Student comment

EBP Kent - Justice Day

Jan 26 - 2012
Justice Day

The Year 11 of Hartsdown Technology followed-up the recent success of their ‘Critical Incident Day’ with a day dedicated to what happens after a crash scene has been dealt with. Workshops by the police, magistrates, probation service, youth workers and a forensic scientist completed a compelling picture of what goes into solving a crime and how an accident is dealt with.
The Kenward Trust did a wonderful session explaining the remarkable support the charity offers people in need.

Student comments:
“ I really enjoyed today. I learnt a lot and have a good idea how to start my unit.”
“I learnt a lot, and the activities were good and helpful.”
“Learnt a lot, it was really fun and quite interesting.”

EBP Kent - Masterclass Day - Dane Court Grammar School

Jan 25 - 2012
Masterclass Day – Dane Court Grammar School

EBP Kent introduced the Business of Enterprise to the latest crop of Year 10 students, who displayed incredible entrepreneurial talents and pointed towards a successful year within the competition.

Many of the ideas developed proved to be retail worthy and will only be emboldened by the marketing campaigns currently planned by so many of the groups involved. To have a group of employers from Barclays advising students on the financial framework required for a new company gave the day the professional edge. To have a senior member of the IOD speak to the entire group about the world of business start-up was inspirational for the students.
“Very exciting, good workshops and good people to work with too.” Student

EBP Kent - Masterclass Day - Ursuline College

Jan 24 - 2012
Masterclass Day – Ursuline College

Ursuline College kick-started their Business of Enterprise project with a highly motivated Year 10. The workshops were tackled in a typically competitive fashion and innovative, new business ideas were developed and presented at the end of the day. An unenviable task awaits the judges as they will have to pick a winner from a pool of fantastic ideas and potential companies. Employers and presenters commented on how impressed they were that the young people kept up the hard work and concentration right up until the end of the day.

EBP Kent - Big Events

Jan 20 - 2012
Big Events

Fantastic news! EBP Kent is now open for bookings for some of its signature (and largest!) events. Coca-Cola are offering the chance for Teachers from all over Kent to visit their premises and see how a tour of their factory will be of major benefit to Kent students.

Special Choices takes place for the fourth year in a row on the 17th May for Kent’s LLDD students. The Kent Marine festival has its yearly outing on the 17th October and will be offering some brand new activities and workshops for Kent’s future seafarers. Finally, Teentech is back and bigger than ever, providing students with a taste of science and all things technical on the 25th September.

Visit our Book Online page today and reserve your students a place at one of these extraordinary events!

Masterclass Day - Hartsdown Technology College

Jan 19 - 2012
Masterclass Day – Hartsdown Technology College

The Business of Enterprise Challenge arrived at Hartsdown Technology College for a day of entrepreneurial activity and challenge based workshops. Many of the Year 9 students showed a great deal of maturity and sharp thinking that will be invaluable as they tackle the project over the coming months.

IT Diploma - Charles Dickens

Jan 17 - 2012
IT Diploma – Charles Dickens

Ten IT students from Charles Dickens had their business and IT solutions judged by IT company, Cariss, during an incredibly intense morning. The students have taken to the challenge like true professionals and amazed Cariss with their ability to tackle such in-depth problems at such a young age. Congratulations to all involved on such a successful project.

EBP Kent - Enterprise Day - Herne Bay High School

Jan 10 - 2012
Enterprise Day - Herne Bay High School

The Year 9 of Herne Bay School became budding, young entrepreneurs for the day, as they created, marketed, financed and presented a brand new 'Healthy Living' company. Fruit based beverages were created and stomachs churned as a variety of tastes and textures were produced for business ambassadors to sample. The students produced some incredible work, all the more impressive as they had to adhere to some incredibly tight deadlines and time constraints.

A special thank you to Barclays, who provided some wonderful business mentors to guide the students throughout the day.

EBP Kent - Masterclass Day - Borden Grammar School

Jan 6 - 2012
Masterclass Day - Borden Grammar School

Borden Grammar School got their Business of Enterprise Challenge underway with a Masterclass Day jam-packed with competition and interactivity. Students tackled a multitude of workshops, designed to ignite the flames of creativity as the students begin the process of starting up their brand new business.

The Year 10 performed exceptionally and the day points to a very successful year within the competition for Borden, indeed!

See more Next Generation Ideas >

EBP Kent - Factory Visit - Coca-Cola

Jan 4 - 2012
Factory Visit - Coca-Cola

EBP Kent had the opportunity to visit a Coca-Cola factory during the week, with the intention of opening up a variety of new opportunities for the benefit of Kent schools and students. A mind blowing tour of the factory and the processes involved in creating so many of their delicious beverages, are just some of the fun activities awaiting schools visiting their premises.

Contact EBP Kent now and find out how your school can benefit from this fabulous opportunity. Watch out for the forthcoming free Teacher visit!

EBP Kent - Mentor Christmas Event - Cummins Power Generation

Dec 14 - 2011
Mentor Christmas Event – Cummins Power Generation

Students from King Ethelbert School were invited by their mentors to enjoy some festive fun at Cummins Power Generation. The event marked a successful couple of months enjoyed by sixth form mentees paired up with Cummins staff who having been mentoring the students as they tackle the strenuous rigours of academic life. Such guidance will prove invaluable as the students continue through the academic year.

Congratulations to the staff of Cummins Power Generation and the pupils of King Ethelbert School on such excellent partnership.

EBP Kent - Interview Day - Skinners Academy

Dec 14 - 2011
Interview Day – Skinners Academy

Employers from various industries joined up to offer the Year 10 of Skinners Academy a day of interview practice and preparation. For a lot of the students this was their first opportunity to experience an interview and many will have benefited from the advice given by their ‘guest’ interviewer.

A hugely beneficial day, that would not have been possible without the commitment and effort shown by so many of Kent’s employers.

EBP Kent - Wedding Challenge - K College

Dec 7 - 2011
Wedding Challenge – K College

Another successful day in partnership with K College, as students became Wedding Planners for the day, competing for the right to plan a special wedding dinner. Employers were available to offer financial advice as students operated within a strict budget that would offer value for money and quality entertainment. It proved almost impossible to choose a winner as the competing groups took to the task like true professionals, designing menus that tantalized the taste buds of the assembled panel of judges.


“It was a great day, loads of fun and a great opportunity!” (K College student).

EBP Kent - Smoothie Challenge - Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Dec 6 - 2011
Smoothie Challenge - Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

A hugely successful event at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, as the Year 8 blended (pardon the pun!) business and the art of smoothie making together to become brand new smoothie companies for the day. Plans were laid out for global domination, as companies competed in an incredibly spirited final and showed maturity beyond their years.

The Year 8 displayed an abundance of young entrepreneurs and should be congratulated for the quality of work produced on an extremely competitive day.

EBP Kent - Primary School Workshops

Dec 2 - 2011
Primary School Workshops

This week has seen the launch of a plethora of Primary School workshops dedicated to the overriding themes of STEM. Forensics Science, K’Nex, Electricity, Force Meters, Rockets, The Big Dig (literacy and numeracy) and Stixx (engineering and environment) are just some of the fantastic workshops on offer for primary schools Kent wide.

What better way to enhance your curriculum offer and inspire the children as they approach new areas of work?

EBP Kent - The Cruise Liner

Nov 30 - 2011
The Cruise Liner – Cruise Terminal 2, Dover Harbour – K College

Travel and Tourism and Hair and Beauty students from K College were challenged to come up with a beauty package for ‘The Captain’s Ball’, taking place aboard a Cruise Liner, in Dover this week. Students were tasked with the responsibility of branding new marketing materials, offering new treatments and beauty packages and presenting their offers to a panel of judges at the end of the day. They were also treated to an interactive workshop by Dover Harbour security who offered students the chance to operate hi-tech machinery, used to ensure the safety of passengers boarding a ship.

“I have really enjoyed the day out and learning new information” (K College student).
“Thank you for this lovely event. I really enjoyed it. Today has made my mind up about it is that I want to do in the future.” (K College student).

EBP Kent - Horizons Ursuline College

Nov 25 - 2011
Horizons – Ursuline College

Horizons took place for the second year in a row, for the year groups: 7, 8, 10 and 11. Students enjoyed a day of employability skills, work experience preparation, career fair and practical hands-on workshops, in a jam-packed day that bombarded students with information, while still retaining its ability to be fun!


The day was a huge success and one that will hopefully go some way to improving the ‘Horizons’ for so many of Kent’s deserving students. Look out for a student led report of this fantastic day, to be placed on EBP Kent’s website SOON!

EBP Kent - Sports Challenge K College

Nov 23 - 2011
Sports Challenge – K College – Grand Hotel

50 K College Sport and Public Services students descended upon the Grand Hotel, Folkestone, to participate in an Olympic Enterprise Day. Guest speakers from Kent’s Facilities Development Team for Kent’s Pre-Games Training Camps, imparted information and offered invaluable guidance to the many teams, who were tasked with the challenge of putting on an inspiring event at one of Kent’s many training camps.

The event was intended to excite a camp’s local community for the 2012 Olympics and encourage people’s general participation in sport. The students equipped themselves fantastically and provided some highly professional presentations at the end of the day.

EBP Kent - Platinum Partners

Nov 17 - 2011
Platinum Partners

Platinum Partners were congratulated today, for their embodiment of the guiding principles behind Global Entrepreneurship Week. The achievement of these schools has not gone unnoticed and it is our privilege to honour them during such a prestigious week.

EBP Kent would also like to acknowledge the fantastic effort and support of so many wonderful employers and organisations who have provided a wealth of guidance and information for so many of Kent’s students.

EBP Kent - Robo Challenge - K College

Nov 16 - 2011
Robo Challenge – K College

The Mac Centre in Tonbridge played host to a combination of Engineering, IT and Mechanics students who spent the day learning about some fundamental principles behind technology and robotics, before battling it out against each other, with their own newly built robots.

Taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, students formed teams that designed and built ‘all-singing’ and ‘all-dancing’ robots to achieve success during a jam-packed, informative and fun filled day!
Congratulations to the many gifted students who achieved so much during the course of the day.

EBP Kent - IT Diploma - Charles Dickens

Nov 16 - 2011
IT Diploma – Charles Dickens

Ten students from Charles Dickens were introduced to a brand new challenge set by IT company Cariss, who will be mentoring students as part of their IT Diploma.

The challenge will offer the students an in-depth insight into ‘real world’ business IT problems and solutions, that will be priceless as the students achieve success over the course of their diploma.

EBP Kent - Queen's Visit to Margate

Nov 11 - 2011
Queen's Visit to Margate

Congratulations to all the young people involved in the Queen’s visit to
Margate and to the Turner Contemporary – a great day to celebrate, to
remember and to be very proud of Margate.

EBP Kent - Mentors' Training Day

Nov 10 - 2011
Mentors' Training Day

More mentors trained today to join the ever increasing number of generous volunteers who give their time each week to young people as they face the challenges of preparation for the work place.
Mentors are very special people, they give and give and do not look for short term rewards.

They know the impact takes time to surface but they know they are making a real difference to the lives of young people. As more join the team more young people will benefit.

Have you got what it takes? Contact info@ebpkent.co.uk

EBP Kent - Critical Incident Day

Nov 9 - 2011
Critical Incident Day K College Tonbridge

Wednesday saw the close working of the teams of police, Fire Service and Paramedics showing students how they work together to rescue people following a major road traffic accident. In the morning students completed workshops with a brilliant team of Magistrates, police officers and paramedics and then after lunch they watched the ‘Critical Incident’ in the college car park co-ordinated by the Fire Service.

The students were full of praise for the professionals, “ So good to learn about the paramedics and their jobs, and the magistrates was really interesting to see who has what job and to do the role play.” The students were so attentive throughout the day and rose to the challenges, completing tasks with great efficiency and professionalism. They were all dressed for an interview and were an impressive group of potential employees.

EBP Kent - Career's Event ST Simon Stock School Maidstone

Nov 8 - 2011
Career’s Event St Simon Stock School Maidstone

EBP Kent and St Simon Stock have developed the event for the many young people within the school, as they plan their future during these uncertain times. This significant event is about positive progression decisions for young people to understand the wealth of opportunity available.

The response of employers from around Kent has been phenomenal and companies from a range of sectors will be providing activities to showcase and inform students of the opportunities and progression available. The best information, advice and guidance comes from the people on the ground who are actually ‘doing the job’. Many youngsters become inspired by the activities they have a chance to do and the conversations they have with the professionals on the day.
The whole school benefits from the opportunity with every student having the chance to spend time with all the employers.

The future is all part of the present at St Simon Stock.

EBP Kent - Opening of Pegwell Building - Thanet College

Nov 7 - 2011
Opening of Pegwell Building - Thanet College

EBP Kent went along to the grand opening of the Pegwell Building at Thanet
College. What a delight! World Class facilities available for young people with
state of the art equipment and a true sense of future / employability and skills
for the next generation.

What a great setting for learning and experiencing the
edge of the industry!

EBP Kent - Mentoring Scheme Launch

Nov 3 - 2011
Mentoring Scheme Launch – King Ethelbert School

Introductions were made as the King Ethelbert School launched a fantastic mentoring scheme for the school’s brand new sixth form. Ten students were matched up to ten Cummins Power Generation members of staff, who will spend the year mentoring and guiding the students as they tackle the strenuous rigours of sixth form life.

This will be a huge opportunity for students to receive guidance at such an important stage of their academic life.

EBP Kent - The Skinners' Academy

Nov 2 - 2011
Work Experience Preparation Day – John Wallis Academy

EBP had the pleasure of helping the John Wallis Academy’s Year 10 to choose their work experience placements and hone their employability skills. The enthusiasm and care taken with their selections made the whole process an absolute pleasure for staff and EBP presenters alike.

EBP Kent would like to wish the Year 10 the best of luck as they embark on this fabulous new experience.

EBP Kent - The Skinners' Academy

Oct 21 - 2011
The Skinners’ Academy – Smoothie Day

The Year 7 and Year 8 of Skinners’ Academy enjoyed a healthy dose of smoothie making as they took on the responsibility of becoming young entrepreneurs for the day.

Delicious beverages were created (all of varying aesthetic quality!) and wonderful promotional materials produced as groups of students competed for the right to be labeled victors and winners of the Smoothie Challenge! Judges were simply blown away by the incredible presentations on display and the thought put into their superb marketing materials. Congratulations Skinners Academy on a hugely successful day!

EBP Kent - Kent Marine Festival

Oct 19 - 2011
Kent Marine Festival - read pdf

Over 1000 students attended Dover Harbour to speak with various companies linked to the Marine and Maritime sectors. As well as the high level information disseminated, students were offered the opportunity to engage with interactive stands offering the chance to take a close up of speedboats, analyse marine life, view the life of a Deep Sea Diver, go aboard a ship, view the inner workings of powerful marine generators and much, much more!

A day packed with variety and wonder – The Kent Marine Festival proved adept at offering advice and direction to so many Kent students.

EBP Kent - Cornwallis Academy

Oct 18 - 2011
Cornwallis Academy – Work Experience Preparation

The Cornwallis Academy will be providing Kent employers with a fantastic body of young people as they spent the day choosing a selection of industries to experience that would best influence their future career opportunities needs. Presenters on the day were impressed by the high level of respect shown throughout by teachers and students alike.

EBP Kent - Work Experience

Oct 12 - 2011
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys – Work Experience Preparation

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys were given the opportunity to select their choices for work experience as they enjoyed a Work Experience Preparation Day for the Year 10.

Huge congratulations to so many able and gifted young students who will represent their school within the working community. Some fabulous placements are ready and awaiting students in what will be a significant learning curve for a group of young people yet to sample working life.

EBP Kent - West Kent Skill Fest

Oct 11 - 2011
The West Kent Skillsfest - read pdf

The River Centre in Tonbridge played host to over 1000 West Kent students and 65 exhibition stands from various industries and organizations. A great day was had by all as stands got students involved in activities ranging from floristry to mechanical engineering to hairdressing to health care.

With a great venue and plenty of hands-on activity, The West Kent Skillsfest had the right blend of fun and aspiration linked career advice for students looking towards a brighter future.
Employers were left impressed by the quality of questioning and general interest shown by the next generation of the UK’s workforce.

EBP Kent - The Abbey School

Oct 5 - 2011
The Abbey School – Work Experience Preparation

That time of year for the students of the Year 10 of the Abbey School as they prepared for two weeks of work experience.

Students opted for work placements and travel arrangements in a remarkably mature and intelligent fashion that belied their young age. Employers of Kent can rest assured that they will be receiving a very capable group of future workers.

EBP Kent - The Abbey School

Sept 28 - 2011
The Knole Academy – Work Experience Preparation

Students at the Knole Academy were prepped for their upcoming adventures on work experience. Industries were chosen, experiences were selected and responsibilities in the workplace explained. A fabulous opportunity for so many keen, bright and eager young students!

EBP Kent - Teen Tech

Sept 27 - 2011
An incredible day of hi-tech innovation

An incredible day of hi-tech innovation and scientific wonderment took place at the River Centre, Tonbridge. 300 students immersed themselves in a world of technical wizardry, that didn’t just display gizmos and gadgets but showed numerous young and hungry minds how to use them!

From QR codes scattered throughout the building to future robotics to students designing the next big app, TeenTech provided on all levels as teachers, students and companies came away exhausted but dazzled by a mutual appreciation for the technology of today and the technology of the future.

A fantastic day, with incredible support from a wide range of pioneering companies, that will hopefully encourage a group of students into being the next great inventors and innovators of the nation.

EBP Kent - Critical Incident Day

Sept 21 - 2011
Critical Incident Day – Hartsdown Technology

Society, Health and Diploma students learnt what it takes to deal with a crash incident as they were provided with a series of workshops all aimed at showing how the emergency services operate and what it takes to join one.

A live action crash scene finished the day as the wonderfully professional services displayed how efficiently they operate in tandem when ensuring the safety and well-being of an unfortunate crash victim.

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Aug 1 - 2011
New Academic Year

Plans are afoot for the new academic year as EBP Kent develops new partnerships, works with new employers and launches national, regional and local projects to be of benefit for so many deserving Kent learners. Keep up-to-date with Hot News and stay informed on what promises to be a very exciting academic year ahead! Innovation, enterprise and quality driven employer links will be recurrent themes.

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