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
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
“A good presentation. Well done remembering all of those figures!”
“Excellent concept, good investigation and well delivered.”
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
“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.
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.
12 - 2012
The Business of Enterprise Runners-Up Final – Cummins Power
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
“Simply excellent idea, which is bound to lead to an amazing
business.” Judge’s quote
“World class concept! Please continue the great work!”
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
“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.”
“It was a good learning experience and gave me more confidence.”
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
Tension was high among a body of students all desperate to win the
opportunity to compete in next year’s grand final.
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.
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.
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.
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.
02 - 2012
Health & Safety Briefing – Simon Langton Girls’
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.
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
Please take a moment to look at the site
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.
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
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.
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.
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
25 - 2012
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys – Major Prep for the Next
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.
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!
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
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
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.’
June 21 - 2012 Work Experience Preparation – St Simon Stock
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
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
July 05 - 2012 Town Planning Seminar – Canterbury Christ
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.
Jun 28 - 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Celebration Day – Quex
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: email@example.com or please visit our
‘Book Online’ page to allocate your students a
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
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.
June 14 - 2012 Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys – Work
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
students handled the whole selection process in an extremely
professional manner, pointing towards successful week long work
placements for all involved.
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
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.
June 11 - 2012 King Ethelbert School – The Business of
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!
June 11 - 2012 Newington Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic
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!
June 01 - 2012 St Joseph’s Catholic School –
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
Huge congratulations to everyone
May 31 - 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Celebration Day – Teacher
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.
May 31 - 2012 Upton Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic
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
May 30 - 2012 Borden Grammar School – Business of Enterprise
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.
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.
May 30 - 2012 Bromstone Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic
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
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
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
concept. Would suit the needs of the majority of people.” Comment
from one of the judges.
May 25 - 2012 Palm Bay Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic
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.
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.
were hugely impressed with the enthusiasm with which each student
took to the tasks and a fantastic day was had by all.
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
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.
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.
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?!”
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!
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
May 11 - 2012 Salmestone Primary School - Olympic/Paralympic
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
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.
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.
mainstay of the EBP Kent calendar over the years, it was fitting
that the Business of Enterprise should be made a showcase for our
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.
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.
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
May 3 - 2012 Minster Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic
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.
produced a memento of their experiences of the day, using clay to
create a colourful model.
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
May 2 - 2012 Monkton Primary School – Olympic/Paralympic
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
May 2 - 2012 Charles Dickens School – Business of Enterprise
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
clever with website and the presentation looked very professional.”
Judges quote on one of the teams.
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
Opportunities for guidance in the preparation
process of the workshops allowed students to relate the information
given to their own particular placement.
Apr 27 - 2012 Folkestone Academy – 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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
“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
team, great branding awareness. Well structured.” Judge quote from
one of the teams.
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.
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.
Apr 18 - 2012 Tidy Desk/Tidy Mind! – St Simon Stock Catholic
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.
Mar 27 - 2012 The Business of Enterprise – Hartsdown
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Mar 20 - 2012 The Business of Enterprise – The Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
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
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
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
task awaits the judges who will find it tough to choose an overall
winner from such a high quality mixture of groups.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
good because we were making things!” Student comment
“Can we do this more
often?!” Student comment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
day had by all.” Exhibitor comment.
“A very useful day for the students and the
exhibitors!” Exhibitor comment.
Feb 27 - 2012 Enterprise Day – The Community College
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
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!
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
worthwhile CPD opportunity.” Teacher comment
“Very interesting and
useful for various subjects including Business Studies.” Teacher
informed talk and tour.” Teacher comment
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
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.
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!
Feb 07 - 2012 Work Experience Preparation – St Edmund’s
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
wishes St Edmund’s Catholic School the best of luck as they embark
on this fantastic new adventure.
Feb 6,7,8 & 10 - 2012 Business Surgery – Dane Court Grammar
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
Visit our Book Online page today and reserve
your students a place at one of these extraordinary events!
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.
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
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.
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
The Year 10 performed exceptionally and the
day points to a very successful year within the competition for
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
Contact EBP Kent now and find out how your
school can benefit from this fabulous opportunity. Watch out for the
forthcoming free Teacher visit!
Dec 14 - 2011 Mentor Christmas Event – Cummins Power
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
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
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
“It was a great
day, loads of fun and a great opportunity!” (K College student).
Dec 6 - 2011 Smoothie Challenge - Maidstone Grammar School
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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
Nov 8 - 2011 Career’s Event St Simon Stock School
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
Nov 7 - 2011 Opening of Pegwell Building - Thanet
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
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
Nov 2 - 2011 Work Experience Preparation Day – John Wallis
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.
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!
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.
Oct 18 - 2011 Cornwallis Academy – Work Experience
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.
Oct 12 - 2011 Wilmington Grammar School for Boys – Work
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
Sept 21 - 2011 Critical Incident Day – Hartsdown
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.
Aug 1 - 2011 New
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.