Fantastic news – EBP Kent has
joined the social phenomenon Twitter! Everyday, millions of people
use Twitter to create, discover and share ideas with others. EBP
Kent will now be able to share (along with this website!) the journey
that a new academic year can bring, along with various other musings
relating to education and, sometimes, the world in general.
20 - 2011
Skinners’ School – Team Building Day
The ability to work within a cohesive
and an efficient team, is becoming evermore important to employers
seeking future staff to complement their workforce. For this very
reason, the Year 10 of Skinners’ School in Royal Tunbridge
Wells, embarked upon a series of workshops with the theme of ‘teamwork’
at their core. The RAF, Engineering, Creativity were some of the
activities on offer, as students learnt quite literally, there is
no ‘I’ in Team!
18 - 2011
King Ethelbert School – Business of Enterprise School Final
The Year 9 of King Ethelbert School
enjoyed a hugely successful Business of Enterprise final, to decide
who will be attending next year’s grand final. Innovation
was the order of the day as youthful companies pitched brand new
ideas and business plans to a panel of expert judges. With a strong
group of winners chosen at the end of some heated debate amongst
the experts, King Ethelbert School can look confidently ahead to
next year’s B of E grand final.
15 - 2011
Crime Scene Investigation
Gravesend Grammar tackled the challenge
of forensics with all skills put to the test. Teamwork, problem
solving and an eye for the detail helped students to successfully
work through the challenge.
14 - 2011
Business of Enterprise
A meeting of all the participating
schools looked at the developments and restructure of the Business
of Enterprise ready for the 2011/12 teams. All the schools were
delighted with the extended offer by employers to support each team
through their experiences.
Discussions were supportive and creative structuring the programme
to match with changing times for schools and to embrace the exciting
new offers from partner employers.
This long running enterprise programme has so much success to celebrate
and an equally inspiring future to plan.
11, 12, 13 - 2011
Make It Work – Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls
To fully understand the opportunities
and the range of skills required by any career requires a depth
of experience that cannot always be possible during a traditional
work experience placement for students under the age of sixteen.
At Simon Langton School for Girls the employers came to the school
and set a three day challenge for students.
Law, Medicine, Science, Creative Arts, Finance, Journalism and
Campaign work were taken to great depth resulting in comments such
as ‘I really enjoyed it, it has made me realize what I want
to do, it was inspiring’ ‘This has been so enjoyable
and really opened my eyes to new opportunities in science.’
‘I got such a good insight into this career’, I was
not expecting to enjoy this at all but it was really fun and I loved
having a huge project to work on because it felt like I had achieved
The employers were so impressed by the skills and standard of work
achieved by so many of the teams. The courtroom scene, the pathology
results, the campaign recommendations for the NHS all resulted in
outstanding presentations enjoyed by the different groups of employers.
The three days also included an interview for each student with
feedback and some specialist coaching to support the challenges
they faced including workshops such as ‘Effective Research’
led by employers. There were also several key note speakers explaining
the career opportunities in their field.
A quote from the school co-ordinator Andrea Schieber;
I know the girls have gained a tremendous amount from their experiences
during Make it Work and will have acquired and developed many employability
skills along the way.
8 - 2011
Going for Gold 2012
A new programme of Experience of Work
is available in 2012 – students will be able to sign up for
one week of Law, Medicine, Construction and Engineering.
Each week will include working with professionals, visits, progression
information from employers, seminars, practical experience. Employers
will share their expertise to enable students to maximize this highly
innovative opportunity that circumvents issues of access to these
sectors via the traditional Work Experience route.
Students will apply, be short listed and interviewed for a place
on ‘Going for Gold’ during the Autumn terms. Details
available for all partner schools from September 7th 2010
7 - 2011
IT techniques for inspired learning
Teachers from across Kent came together
to learn how to use the latest IT techniques for inspired learning.
In partnership with the BCS, and the Kent Science Park EBP Kent
has facilitated the course. Take a dry subject, challenge the learners
to create blogs, animations to showcase the concepts and enjoy the
inspired learning that takes place. Today was an opportunity to
learn the A – Z with the professionals!
One attendee from north kent said ‘ The was brilliant, so
interesting and will be able to use this with the students all the
4 - 2011
The final of the Business of Enterprise -
Barclays Building Canary Wharf
Students were inspired by the wonderful
setting for the final and they delivered far beyond any expectations.
It was a great honour that the last Chairman of Barclays was one
of the esteemed Judges. Andrew Buxton spoke to the young people
about the future of the economy and how heartened he felt by hearing
the inspiring ideas and detailed work of the enterprising young
"I had no idea what to expect from today but I am astounded
by the ideas and hard work that have gone into each and every presentation."
The audience made up of Headteachers and employers were thrilled
by the extraordinary standard achieved by students. The quality
of presentations, the variety of ideas, the wonderful location,
and the exceptional judges all contributed to making the final an
The Enterprise of the Year went to ‘Safelet’,
The best written portfolio to ‘Sunshine wipes’
The best Oral presentation to ‘Camfan’
The Most Enterprising Idea to ‘Total’
The Best Teamwork to ‘A Wolf’s Tale’
Winning schools included Chatham and Clarendon Federation, Borden
Grammar School Hartsdown Technology College & Dane Court
Coming up on this site is a ‘Host of Brilliance’ showing
the last nine years of the top ideas from the project. It is fascinating
to see that some of the early ideas are now familiar products on
the market. Share with us and celebrate years of youth creativity
and read about the impact of the ‘Business of Enterprise’
on university and working life.
30 - 2011
K College – Folkestone Construction
20 K College students were set a Construction
Challenge by Denne Construction at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone.
This was an invaluable experience for so many students on the cusp
of their future construction careers.
The tools for future success and the hands-on guidance of Denne
Construction ensured a hugely successful day that challenged the
K College students on many levels.
29 - 2011
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys – Work Experience Preparation
Another Work Experience Preparation
Day took place at the Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, as Year
10 students were given advice and guidance through a series of workshops
before they entered into their Work Experience.
Once again, employers can breathe easy in the knowledge that they
will be receiving a group of well-prepped and eager to learn Work
27 - 2011
Your Turner – Turner Contemporary
The sun held out as Primary school
students descended upon the Turner Contemporary for the ‘Your
Turner’ event. 38 workshops contributed to a jam-packed day
with many young and budding artists displaying a full range of creative
Kent based artists, construction companies, engineering collaborators,
scientists, museums and the Turner Contemporary itself, all contributed
to a day designed to encourage the next generation of creative people
that Kent will have to offer.
What did the children say?
“Good day! Hot day! Awesome!”
“Great variety of activities.”
“Really fun! I did animation’’
“The Science Dome was fun!”
“It’s been exciting and fun.”
“I have really enjoyed it today.”
“Fun, enjoyable and good activities.”
“It smelt of seaweed!”
20-24 - 2011
Sir Roger Manwoods – Business of Enterprise
The Business of Enterprise stopped
off for a week at Sir Roger Manwoods. An incredibly intense, creative
and practical week culminated in a final that was bursting with
innovation and captivating presentations.
The Year 10 equipped themselves admirably, creating a highly-charged
competitive atmosphere that generated numerous retail worthy ideas.
Judges from Cummins, Barclays, Thanet College, Marks And Spencers,
to name a few, were highly impressed by what they saw and gave professional
feedback to the winning groups.
17 - 2011
Knole Academy – Work Experience Preparation
The Year 10 of Knole Academy enjoyed
a day of Preparation before they embark upon two weeks of Work Experience.
Health & Safety, Interview Preparation, Presentation Skills,
are a few of the workshops that were on offer on the day.
Preparation days such as these, are vital to ensure a seamless
transition from the classroom to the working world. EBP Kent wishes
the Knole Academy Year 10 every success in the wonderful and varied
placements that they are about to encounter.
16 - 2011
Ashford construction students were
put to task by the professionals, three construction specialists
set the task and had high expectations of the group. They had to
work very hard throughout the day, measuring, designing, cutting,
planning as a team to tender for the job.
All demands that will be made on them as they progress professionally
in the construction sector. Denne are leaders in investing in the
up and coming workforce, their commitment and vision is exceptional
and a beacon example of best practice.
15 - 2011
A double set of young people completed
an enterprise challenge at Community College Whitstable, they were
bright, creative, resourceful and met all the deadlines set with
An energy packed time when all the enterprise skills were exercised,
improved and in some cases discovered. Another big step along the
way to becoming highly employable young adults.
14-15 & 17 - 2011
Over 500 young people prepared for
their work experience this week; What will the employers expect?
What do I wear? How long is the working day? What are the Health
and Safety regulations? Who do I report to……..just some
of the important questions addressed during the preparation sessions.
9 - 2011
Students from the K College in Tonbridge
were given the opportunity to work with Siemens Water Technologies
on a fantastic new challenge. The task was to develop and present
the most original and innovative product launch package for a newly
developed technology called: “Chloroclam.”
Innovation was the order of the day as teams of students competed
against each other to secure the ‘backing of the board’
and the opportunity to win a day at the local Kent Siemens Facility
visiting various departments and meeting with key members of staff
Many of the K College students showed how enterprising, committed
and employable they are; this event marked the beginning of a long
term partnership that will benefit so many learners and employees.
7 - 2011
A Twilight Evening took place for
the many Primary School teachers attending ‘Your Turner’
on the 27 June at the Turner Contemporary. With over 1000 students
attending the day, it was of paramount importance to deliver instructions,
timings and the general procedures for the day.
The event will be jam-packed with workshops influenced by Turner
himself and ensures an inspiring (and fun!) day for so many young
and creative minds. Turner Contemporary is an extraordinary place
and the centre of so many exciting opportunities to come EBP Kent
will announce new partnership programmes very soon.
7 - 2011
Royal Mail Challenge
The final of the Royal Mail Challenge
took place at the Kent Innovation Centre. Royal Mail staff were
left amazed, by the incredibly professional presentations performed
by such a young group of students.
Innovative ideas were suggested for the marketing of the new Royal
Mail recorded delivery service and provided food for thought for
the creative team at the Royal Mail.
IT Diploma Students excelled and an invitation to present to more
senior directors is being sort following the event.
31 - 2011
Cutting Edge Technology
No fewer than 6 schools had their
in-school Business of Enterprise Finals during the month of May.
Judges from Barclays, Denne, Cummins, etc, were all hugely impressed
by the invention, marketing and presentation skills on display.
This year’s Business of Enterprise has seen a huge increase
in the level of competition between all of the schools, ensuring
a tense and exciting final in Canary Wharf on the 4th July.
31 - 2011
Construction students from K College
in Tunbridge Wells were set an enterprising task by Denne Construction,
as they were challenged to tender for a hypothetical contract. Materials
were bought and equipment built as the students excelled in the
bidding process. Many of the students displayed huge initiative
in being able to think on their feet.
The challenge mixed the practical with the cerebral – the
perfect combination for such keen students to advance in the construction
26 - 2011
Mentor Scheme – Ursuline College
The success of the first Mentor Scheme
at Ursuline College alongside Cummins Power Generation, has inspired
the launch of a second successive programme.
Students were invited to a commencement meeting where they were
encouraged to get involved, as the benefits of the programme were
A huge opportunity for so many students, who will have the opportunity
to be paired with a Business Mentor.
25 - 2011
Interview Day – Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
No matter what your age or years in
the working world, an interview can be a very daunting prospect.
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys offered their Year 10 students
the opportunity to get a head start by providing each individual
with an interview setting.
JTL , Warings, the Hospice and the Magistrates were among the employers
providing interviewers for the day, offering an experience that
will have been unique to so many Year 10 students.
20 - 2011
Work Experience Preparation – Sandwich Technology School
Sandwich Technology Year 10 were prepped
for the start of their Work Experience programme. They were offered
guidance on how to present and behave themselves during their Work
Days such as these are of paramount importance, not just for the
students involved, but for the employers as well, who give up so
much of their valuable time to accommodate students on Work Experience.
500 LLDD (Learners with Learning Difficulties
and Disabilities) students descended upon the Rare Breeds Centre
in Ashford to experience a wide range of vocational and educational
workshops to support future decision making.
Fun was had by all who attended, as students embarked upon a series
of interactive workshops that enabled them to a have hands on experience
of what they could expect, if they progress either to a college
course or supported employment.
A full range of career opportunities was on offer and a huge thank
you must go to the numerous employers and organizations who made
this event such a major success. If you would like to see a short
film please go to http://digital.kent.gov.uk/3586
K College students from Health and Social Care Courses were facilitators
with every group of young people. They did a fantastic job and were
praised by so many for their professional day’s work. One
young person from Aspen 2 wrote ‘ It was brilliant. I made
some new friends called Julie and Sara. They were very nice and
welcoming,’ Once again the staff at the Rare Breeds did an
amazing job and played a major part in the success of the day.
13 - 2011
Smoothie Day – Wilmington Primary School
The Year 6 of Wilmington Primary School
pointed towards an extremely bright future for the entrepreneurial
spirit of the country. The students belied their age to achieve
incredible results, as they created a new smoothie company, marketed
and branded a new range of products and presented to a panel of
judges at the end of the day! Phew!
All of this was taken in their stride and the school should be
extremely proud of the results produced by such a young and incredibly
gifted group of students.
EBP Kent was proud to attend the Folkestone
Grammar School for Girls’ Internship Award Ceremony. The ceremony
celebrated a successful internship programme for the school’s
Year 10 and commended the fine efforts of so many employers who
were a key partner throughout the process.
A fantastic programme, that provided so many students with some
purposeful projects at work. EBP Kent is offering selected internships
for individuals or groups of students to support effective progression
to the next stage.
This could be from Key Stage 5 to University or Year 12 to 13.
Three schools have signed to participate in support of their young
6 - 2011
The Big Dig
Ellington Primary School took a step
back in time as they got the chance to be archeologists for the
day. Artifacts were unearthed and discussed as students learnt the
importance of looking back in order to better look forward.
The significance of history and its impact upon modern ways of
thinking was emphasized during this jam-packed, fun and practical
4 - 2011
Make It Your Business
Year 10 students from the Knole Academy
were challenged to come up with the ‘next big thing,’
as they battled it out to be crowned champion in this Entrepreneurial
Students were expected to invent, market and present a brand new
product that would wow judges and defeat fellow companies.
Competition was extremely fierce and a number of original products
were on display for Judges to view and discuss.
3 - 2011
Royal Mail Challenge
Royal Mail launched an industry specific
challenge for students at the Kent Innovation Centre. The students
were tasked with the challenge to come up with a marketing campaign
for the Royal Mail’s recorded delivery service that they will
be expected to present back at the beginning of June.
A huge opportunity, to work with a large employer, on a relevant
industry problem. Hot News will report on the results later on in
April 10 - 2011
In Partnership with the Turner Contemporary's
Schools' Programme an extraordinary day steeped in Science,
Maths, History, English and Art is being prepared for hundreds of
Primary School Children from all over Kent.
All kinds of specialists are volunteering their time and expertise
to give young people a memorable experience at this new building,
so quickly an iconic part of all that is Margate. To book or to
4-8 - 2011
Health, Society and Development
12 Year 9 students from Hartsdown
Technology College spent the week visiting venues that would assist
in their studies for the Health, Society and Development Diploma.
Kent Association For The Blind, Age Concern, Kid Ease, Westbrook
House, Westgate College for the Deaf, The Foreland School and Pilgrim’s
Hospice all opened their doors to provide the students with invaluable
information and insight.
Student presentations at the end of the week were of a high calibre
and showed just how much they had gained from the whole experience.
April 8 - 2011
Cutting Edge Creativity
The first of this year's ‘'In
School' Finals for the Business of Enterprise. Judges from Cummins
and Denne were impressed by the cutting edge creativity of ideas
developed by the young people. It was noted there were few services,
mainly new products, all ingenious and all contenders for the coveted
place to represent the school at the final taking place in the Barclays
Building Canary Warf in July.
Over the years the quality of final presentations has increased
so much the work of the year 10 ‘rivals many university groups'
according to one of the employer volunteers.
April 4 - 2011
A New Logo
A new logo has been launched to signify Quality Assured Education Business Link activity. The bar is set to determine the kind of organisation that should be contracted to deliver programs that meet the standards approved by the DFE. This kite mark has national significance, local excellence and regional sustainability stamped through it.
It signals recognition of many years thorough and detailed work by teams of specialists across the country, EBP Kent is proud to have such a team here in Kent.
March 31 - 2011
Making a difference to the young people of Kent
EBP Kent were delighted to be invited
to Denne's prizing giving event for the young people in the Ashford
area. Photographed is EBP Kent's Jill Webster presenting the Award
for the ‘'Most supportive Trade Contractor' to Phil Parker
MD of Solid Decorators, an outstanding employer who is making a
difference to the young people of Kent.
March 31 - 2011
Students at Highworth School took up the challenge with Coty and designed new lip products for this highly competitive market. Business volunteers make all the difference to this kind of enterprise activity, and on this day they were impressed with the quality of the work produced and the remarkable enterprise skills of the students.
March 12 - 2011
Teentech - coming to Kent!
Teenagers will soon be able to find out what it is like to be a 21ST Century Scientist or Engineer. In the coming future, Teentech will be heading south where it will be run in partnership with EBP Kent.
This will be a huge opportunity for young people to benefit from an event which has proved so popular in the Thames Valley. Endorsed and co-created by Science Broadcaster Maggie Philbin, Teentech is a unique collaboration between organizations at the forefront of cutting edge technology to show young people what life is really like in the modern science and technology workplace.
March 11 - 2011
Ursuline College - Horizons
A uniquely designed day, entitled Horizons, made its debut at Ursuline College for the years: 7, 9, 10 and 11. Employability Skills, Work Experience Preparation, practical hands-on workshops and 50 minutes on an Employer Trail, provided the many students with a jam-packed day that managed to bombard pupils with information, whilst retaining the ability to be fun.
With 30 employers involved in the Employer Trail or practical workshops,
the day was a huge success and will, hopefully, prove to be an important
guide towards improving the ‘'Horizons' for many more students
March 11 - 2011
Ellington Infant School - Adinkra
The world is a smaller place in our modern times, as global communities are brought together by the means of fast paced technology and the sharing of cultural traditions and beliefs. Ellington Infants embraced this brave new world as they were taught the meaning of various West African symbols.
Pupils were given the opportunity to print their very own symbols as they learnt how to decipher and communicate using the visual signs of Adinkra.
March 10 - 2011
Employer Engagement Twilight -
Kent Innovation Centre
EBP Kent are proud to support the needs and requirements of so many schools throughout Kent. An Employer Engagement Twilight Evening was held at the Kent Innovation Centre, offering a chance for teachers to have their say. The support and attendance of so many schools proved to be an extremely positive experience for all, as new employer involved workshops and future necessities were discussed and planned.
March 10 - 2011
Transition Day - Palacewood Primary School
The Year 6 of Palacewood Primary School was involved in a Transition Day that would help students to cross the great divide that lies between Primary and Secondary school. Workshops involving Teamwork, Problem Solving and Communication were on hand to ensure the students will be able to make a smooth transition into their respective secondary schools.
March 3 - 2011
Clarendon House Grammar School for Girls -
It was the girls turn this time, as
students from Clarendon House Grammar School for Girls were given
the opportunity to work with a Business Ambassador. Ideas were sold
and marketing ideas pitched as the students were offered advice
during their timed Business Surgery.
As with Chatham House, the competition was
extremely fierce and points to some good natured rivalry between the
schools of the Federation of Ramsgate Grammar Schools!
March 3 -
2011 Work Experience Preparation Day
- Northfleet School for Girls
Students at the Northfleet School for
Girls were given preparation as they are about to embark upon their
one week work placement. This will provide the students with a
unique opportunity to enter into the working world and develop an
idea of, perhaps, where the future does and doesn't lie.
Students were offered advice on how to
prepare themselves for the first day, where they will meet their
March 3 -
2011 Journalism Day - Allington
The young pupils of Allington Primary
School learnt how to meet those impossible deadlines during a day of
journalistic fun. News For Schools were on hand to guide the
students as they learnt how to meet those tight deadlines and
separate the lies from the truth.
The guiding journalist on hand was extremely
impressed by the level of enthusiasm on display and commented on the
massive potential shown by so many budding, young journalists.
March 2 -
2011 Tower Bridge - JTL
EBP Kent was proud to show its support
at Tower Bridge for the JTL Construction annual awards ceremony.
Apprentices were rewarded for their fine efforts throughout the year
during a fabulous evening which paid testament to the huge effort
JTL contributes towards the nation's construction industry.
March 2 -
2011 LOCOG - Have You Got What It
EBP Kent was hand for the re-launch of
the Olympic themed 'Have You Got What It Takes' workshop. An
incredibly popular project last year, students will again get the
chance to develop a venue to host an Olympic team for the 2012 games
while learning about the Olympic and Paralympic values that formed
the basis of the 2012 campaign.
LOCOG have a huge network of schools all
benefiting from the resources and opportunities that they provide.
Schools and communities will be given the chance to profit from the
national and global implications that the work of LOCOG and the 2012
games will proffer.
March 2 -
2011 Chatham House Grammar School for
Boys - Business Surgery
Students of Chatham House Grammar School
were given the opportunity to meet and learn from a Business
Ambassador as the Business of Enterprise gathers steam for so many
of the schools entered.
The various groups or 'businesses' formed by
the teams of students were allocated a set amount of time in the
form of a Business Surgery, in which they would have the exclusive
attention of the Business Ambassador.
The ideas on display were incredibly strong
and point towards a solid showing when the final presentations take
place at the end of the project.
28 - 2011 Mentoring Scheme Launch -
Mentors from Cummins Power Generation
were introduced to their partner students from Ursuline College in
Year 11, who they will be working with and mentoring for the rest of
the academic year.
This will be a huge opportunity for a number
of students to gain guidance at such an important stage of their
We would like to thank Cummins Power
Generation for such an incredible effort and look forward to
continuing in fruitful partnership with them for the benefit of
February 16 - 2011 Business of Enterprise/Stixx/Make It
Work/Smoothie Challenge - Charles Dickens
A day of epic proportions involving
Charles Dickens' year groups 7,8 and 9. The Business of Enterprise
was kicked off for Year 9 with a Masterclass Day at St Augustine's
in Westgate-on-Sea. The conference style setting and a multitude of
workshops combined to inspire the students towards achieving maximum
success over the course of the project.
Year's 7 & 8 were divided between Stixx,
Make It Work and the Smoothie Challenge. All 3 challenges provided
the students with an opportunity to experience hands on, practical
activities coupled with the chance to exercise enterprising and
entrepreneurial skills. The students excelled in their timekeeping
and ability to present in front of a large audience.
The achievements of the day bore testament
to the huge effort achieved in partnership between school, EBP Kent
and various employers. A huge thank you to Cummins Power Generation
and Thanet College Business Studies Department, whose assistance
ensured the day, was a major success.
February 14 - 2011 Smoothie Challenge - Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys
A refreshing dose of smoothie making saw
the Year 7 of Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys take up a
‘Smoothie Challenge' by forming brand new smoothie companies.
The companies spent the morning producing an
eclectic mix of colourful and ‘tasty' smoothies before coming up
with a business plan that would, hopefully, lead to smoothie world
domination! Employers and business presenters from JTL Construction
and Barclays were astounded by the high calibre and professional
presentations on display by students so
11 - 2011 Make It Your Business - St
The Year 8 of St Simon Stock enjoyed a
day of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship as they competed in a ‘Make
It Your Business' challenge. Students were asked to form companies
that would sell, market and finance a brand new and innovative
product. Prototypes were made and presented to a panel of judges
consisting of GForces Web Management Ltd, JTL Construction and
Natwest at the end of the day.
The commitment and endeavor of the students
impressed both teachers and business partners alike. The day was a
roaring success for the many students involved and points towards a
positive future for when they finally step into the world of
February 8-9 - 2011 Stixx Challenge - Cornwallis Academy
Over 200 Year 9 students from the
Cornwallis Academy enjoyed a day of recycling and engineering as
they competed against each other in the ‘Stixx Challenge.' Students
were asked to design, market and make, a new item of furniture out
of newspaper in what is proving to be an extremely popular and
The students proved themselves more than
equal to the task of juggling the construction of their furniture
with the need to produce a business plan and presentation, all to be
completed in 1 day! IKEA beware! Special thanks to Warings and
GForces Web Management Ltd who offered guidance to the students on
7 - 2011 Inspire
Following on from the successful Inspire
project which took place at St Peter's CEP School early in December,
Lion Aid trustee Pieter Kat visited the school to receive a donation
collected by the teams of pupils following their sale of their
products at the school Christmas Fair. Pieter had a number of visits
on the week's agenda including meetings with Members of Parliament,
wildlife artists, organizers of events, but he comments that by far
the highlight of his week was the visit to St Peter's School.
Their enthusiasm and eagerness far exceeded
his own expectations and Pieter was rewarded with more than just a
donation as 'a forest of hands was raised at every comment he
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7 - 2011 Mentoring Scheme
15 new mentors from Cummins Power
Generation were trained to assist with the mentoring of students
from a local school, in an effort to help raise aspirations and
provide guidance to year 11 pupils at such a critical stage of their
This will be a huge opportunity for the
students to work with a company that operates on a global scale and
employs people from a diverse range of cultures with a wide range of
2 - 2011 The Marlowe Academy
The Marlowe Academy played host, once
again, to an in-school Skillsfest for the many students of its year
9, 10, 11 and sixth form. UK Power Networks, Natwest, NHS, KETV and
Kent University were just some of the 30 stands exhibiting and
offering advice on career progression and opportunity.
The Marlowe Academy has held the Skillsfest
for a number of years and the quality of exhibitors and the impact
it has upon the many students in attendance continues to justify the
event being held on an annual basis.
2 - 2011 Work Experience Preparation
The Year 10 of Highworth Grammar School
for Girls, were given the opportunity to better prepare themselves
before they embark upon their two week work experience placement.
Barclays, Magistrates, William Harvey Hospital, and The Kent School
of Engineering and Digital Arts all presented workshops intended to
give the students an idea of what it is they do and how it is they
go about doing it.
Workshops on teamwork and communication
rounded off a day that encouraged professionalism in the workplace
and highlighted the wealth of opportunity available within certain
31 - 2011 Forensics Science
Budding young scientists at Palacewood
Primary School enjoyed a day of detective work, as they learnt about
the many methods used in the world of Forensic Science. Finger
prints were taken, footprints were analysed and crime scenes were
solved as students learnt how science can be used in the fight
against crime. This programme was part of the SSAT Enterprise
"Fun, educational, exciting, nice teacher,
cool groups, interesting and scientific." Palacewood student, Year
26 - 2011 University of Kent
Year 12 students from Hartsdown, Dane
Court, Whitstable Community College, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
and the Federation of Ramsgate Grammar Schools were involved in
Adopt A Project at the University of Kent. The students were paired
up with post-graduate partners, who they will work with and research
on a biology related project.
The experience will provide the students
with something unique on their application for University and the
chance to be inspired by a Post-Graduate who is involved in
One student wrote 'Epic, I found it really
interesting and so insightful. Looking in labs and talking to
students was really useful. Thank you very much for this chance'.
25- 2011 Business of Enterprise January 2011
Grammar School for Boys Dane Court Hartsdown Technology College Ursuline College
week with 800 students participating in a range of workshops in a
conference setting designed to maximise their employability skills
and help them to gain a greater understanding of the world of work
and the expectations of an employer. There are still many more
students to participate in the programme over the next couple of
20- 2011 'Employability Skills' Year 12 and Year 13 are important years
for study and preparation for the next stage including interviews,
CVs and the employer based skills that are crucial for all young
people. Maidstone Grammar School for Girls did an impressive range
of work throughout the day last Thursday contributing to a highly
professional atmosphere and some excellent outcomes.
19- 2011 'Justice Day' Justice Day had a whole new level of
learning this year with so many volunteers sharing their expertise
with students from Sandwich Technology School, The Marlowe Academy
and students from the host school Hartsdown Technology College.
10- 2011 'Business Applied' Students at Dover Grammar School for
Boys were given the chance to bolster their Year 11 Applied Business
studies through interaction with various experts from the world of
HR. P&O, Cummins Power Generation, Barclays, Dover Harbour
Board, NHS and The London Fancy Box were all on hand to offer advice
and guidance relating to current HR procedures.
An intense morning of employer constructed
workshops was swiftly followed by an afternoon challenge where
students were given the task of presenting some of the wide range of
HR processes in a variety of styles.
A unique opportunity that provided the
students with a different but ultimately fulfilling day, that will
go a long way in helping them achieve success with their Applied
4- 2011 Award for Education Business Excellence EBP Kent is delighted to announce we
have achieved the Award for Education Business Excellence. A report will be available
on the website early in the New Year. 'My thanks goes to the
exceptional, highly professional team of staff and all partners
whose outstanding work has been formerly recognised by this
Award'. Anne McNulty.
6- 2010 Inspire Synopsis The exciting and innovative project
'inspire' takes place at two primary schools (Christ Church CEP
School and St Peters CEP School) in East Folkestone the week
commencing 6th December 2010.
'Inspire' co-ordinated and delivered by EBP
Kent, is part of the Inspiring Communities programme run by Shepway
District Council which aims to excite and inspire young people,
their families and the local community by working closely with local
11-14 year olds. This will help them identify realistic but
stretching goals and raise their achievements at school and
children will form their own company and create products to sell at
their school Christmas Fayre taking place on 10 December. They will
gain business enterprise skills with the support and guidance from
EBP Kent and professional mentors. The profit made by the children
will be donated to their choice of charity; contributing to the
project's aim to broaden young people's horizons.
25- 2010 Extreme Biology Workshop for
gifted and talented Year 12 Biologists Two groups of Year 12 Biology students
from the Clarendon/Chatham House Federation were involved in an
Extreme Biology Workshop at Clarendon House Grammar School, on
Thursday, 25th November. This was the first of a new venture and
partnership between EBP Kent and Biosciences at the University of
workshop encouraged the students to look at the 'Big Picture' in
biology, giving an insight into related work and University
aspirations, that the restraints of the curriculum does not have
time to provide. A wide range of Biology disciplines were studied,
looking at venues in Kent and London where there are working
Biologists able to help and offer advice, and where volunteer work
experience is possible. The calibre of work produced was of a very
student's presentation skills were of a high standard during the
feedback session, and proved to be stimulating for both students and
observing staff alike. Several of the students will be given an
invitation to apply for the Adopt a Project scheme to be run at the
University of Kent at the start of 2011. A brilliant opportunity for
all schools involved.
schools are signing up for more information in order to get their
Year 12 students involved, all free of charge! Gifted and talented
Biology students will be given the chance to extend their
opportunities to a University experience and meet other like minded
students from all over Kent!
18- 2010 For me or not for me Today's youth are often faced with many
tough decisions regarding options and future career choices. Walmer
Science College alleviated the stress that can often be tied to such
decisions by offering their Year 9 students some taster workshops
based around various industries. Construction (Denne Construction),
Retail, Catering (Michelin Star chef Paul Norman), Hair &
Beauty, and Health & Social Care were all on offer to provide
direction and guidance to students who will be choosing their GCSE
fitting that during Global Entrepreneurial Week, students were
encouraged to think about their futures and the possibility of
turning passions into profit.
could not have been more engaging. A huge thanks to all of the
employers who were willing to take the time out of their own working
days to assist and mentor the next generation of Britain's
18- 2010 Smoothie Day Students enjoyed a healthy dose of
smoothie making and entrepreneurship at the Walmer Science College
on the 18 November. Eight classes were given the chance to create
their own 'unique' tasting smoothies and market themselves as brand
new smoothie companies.
results were typically colourful as posters of all shapes and sizes
were created as part of vibrant advertising campaigns, and
interesting results abounded regarding the various flavours that the
judges had the 'fortune' to taste! Five groups battled it out in the
grand final, displaying incredible presentation skills that belied
the student's young age!
thanks must go to volunteers from Cummins Power Generation Ltd who
supported the day and imparted invaluable advice to so many of the
budding young entrepreneurs.
18- 2010 Business of Enterprise Global
Entrepreneurship Week saw Walmer Science College kick start the 2010
Business of Enterprise competition. Over nine schools will be
involved this year, with every one of their groups competing for the
right to present at Pfizers.
Business of Enterprise aims to encapsulate the spirit of
entrepreneurship and is proven as a high impact way of improving
student enterprise skills. Many schools submit forty teams to work
independently with guidance from specialist employers to complete
the challenge. This year has some extra special elements to enhance
the experience of the young people including an additional host of
Science College enjoyed an entertaining Masterclass Day that
introduced the challenge and focused on some of the key elements
that will help their students to have a successful and productive
year. Teamwork, Creative Thinking and Marketing were all workshops
that challenged Walmer's groups to think outside the box and get the
entrepreneurial side of their brains up and working!
15-19- 2010 Platinum Partners EBP Kent celebrated the innovation and
importance of Global Entrepreneurial Week by congratulating and
recognizing the efforts and achievements of its Platinum Partner
Schools, who have embodied the entrepreneurial spirit and raised the
bar of innovation through Work Related Learning and
partnership with EBP Kent, the Platinum Partner Schools elevated the
standards of Education Business Link Activity through Quality
Assured: Work Related Learning, Work Experience, Enterprise,
Employability Skills and Economic Awareness.
has represented an academic year for EBP Kent and all of its
Platinum Partners, of hard work and high achievement through
Platinum Partner WRL activities. EBP Kent would like to thank all of
its Platinum schools for their continued partnership and look
forward to the coming year and the higher achievements it is sure to
bring. Teams of staff at each school and a host of volunteers from
various employers across Kent are key to being a Platinum Partner,
congratulations to each member of every team.
17- 2010 Inspire Young people from the Folkestone began
their journey as part of the 'Inspiring Communities'
will work with employer mentors and develop skills of leadership,
teamwork, creativity, and pure hardwork! They will have the
opportunities to develop community links and be as enterprising as
possible throughout the twelve week project. GEW marks the start of
the journey, the EBP team are delighted that so many year six pupils
from Folkestone schools will also be participating.
Over half of all young people in the UK want to
start a business. Yet only 1 in 20 of them actually do. We believe
it's time this should become reality for more people across the UK.
This year, we're making Global Entrepreneurship Week the barrier
free week to make this happen. Whether you're here looking for ideas
to host your own event or just looking at what will be happening
during the week, you're in the right place.
10- 2010 Thanet Skillsfest Hundreds of Thanet Young people visited
the Skillsfest to interact with employers and Training providers to
learn more about the hundreds of pathways to progress to the next
stage of their chosen area of interest. A team of journalists from
Hartsdown Technology College spent the whole day developing an
article about the event that can be seen on the Home page of this
website! One of the teachers from The Royal School for Deaf Children
wrote to say:
"Please thank everyone involved in the day at
St Augustine's. Our school had a great morning and all the pupils
said they really enjoyed it. The staff commented on how good
everyone was with our pupils and how they let them have a go at
"They are already looking forward to the next
time and are saying can they take a packed lunch so they can stay
"Well done for organising such a great
All the participating schools gave positive
feedback and were delighted with the range of opportunities
showcased for the benefit of the young people of the area.
5- 2010 STOP PRESS 60 employees signed up in one day, all
eager to volunteer and work in EBP partner schools, from finance to
marketing, from manufacturing to HR a host of skills and expertise
to share. All volunteers are CRB checked by the EBP (an approved
5- 2010 School Skillsfest Thirty employers gathered at St Simon
Stock School with interactive stands showcasing their sector to
inspire 800 young people thinking about the future. The buzz lasted
throughout the day with students interacting and learning so much
from the visiting professionals. One employer was so impressed with
the young people he has invited the school to be a partner in a
special project they are
3- 2010 UK Power Networks Students gathered as guests of UK Power
Networks at the Pavillion in Broadstairs to complete a morning of
wonderful Work Related Learning. Students tackled challenges such as
'It's not my fault', dressed in the full protective equipment and
heard first hand from highly skilled electrical engineers about
their work and their individual pathways to their current role. A
great opportunity for any school, any group of young people to
discover more about the teams of specialists involved in keeping the
power switched on.
5- 2010 A Professional Development Day for
Kent Teachers Kinnarps hosted a highly informative
event for teachers in Covent Garden. Both Teachers of Business
Studies and Teachers of Design Technology attended and gave rave
reviews of the whole experience. Senior staff from Kinnarps
explained the work of the company, sparking great interest in
sustainable manufacturing, cutting edge design and managing a global
market. "A great presentation, and
opportunity for teachers of WRL to bring alive sessions in school."
Walmer "I believe this company could be used during my business
studies lesson to evaluate the importance of culture/environment and
the ethos of companies." WSKC "Very informative, good presentations,
very enjoyable morning." Oakwood Park Grammar School.
21- 2010 Awards evening Denne held a wonderful Awards evening to
congratulate students and contractors for a range of successes from
apprentices and work experience to special projects. It was a great
honour for EBP Kent to be invited and to present an award. Denne
have an exemplary record of support for young people and their
journey to employment.
It is a
privilege to work with a company that has such strategic vision and
effective implementation of a variety of supportive programmes for
young people, from school children to undergraduates. It is no
surprise they are one of the current holders of the Platinum Partner
Employer Award from EBP Kent (2010).
20- 2010 Exciting project for biologists
Teachers gathered at the University
of Kent to learn more about an exciting project for the most able
biologists in sixth forms across Kent. In partnership with the
University, the EBP has a programme of after-school activity to be
completed by participating students (one three hour session) to
select which students and schools will be able to adopt a research
project with the university.
involved will not only be inspirational and very challenging but
will also give our Kent students a unique aspect to their UCAS
applications at a highly competitive time for university entrants.
Teaching staff had a tour of all facilities, heard about the MA
options for staff development and had a presentation by
post-graduate research students. This event marked the beginning of
a highly innovative partnership project.
18- 2010 Skills day Maidstone students at St Simon Stock
School honed their enterprise skills in a day of frantic activity
trying to meet deadlines, work as a team, and communicate
effectively. An extremely creative cohort came up trumps with some
excellent results enjoyed by all the employers involved in the
18-22 - 2010 Schools and Colleges Week Students across kent benefited from the
generosity of employers who gave their time and expertise throughout
the week. From Electronics to Construction, from Marketing to
Business Management Employers volunteered to give their support to
young people. The campaign was successfully led by the government
task force and 75 Education Business Partnerships across the country
helped with the details of the activity.
Congratulations to all involved and great
thanks to the employers for taking up the challenge. Any more
volunteers out there please do not hesitate to contact the EBP where
you can be CRB checked, trained and join current programmes or be
part of highly innovative specialist areas of
14- 2010 Marine Skills The Marine Skills Event was a great
success. Students from 27 schools across Kent, ranging from 14-19
years, took part in this unique showcase of 85 activities
demonstrating opportunities in the Marine and Maritime
opportunities ranged from engineering, hospitality, health and
beauty, travel and tourism, science, performing arts to business and
construction and the Merchant Navy and Ancilliary industries.
11- 2010 'Outstanding success stories' More students have signed up for Work
Experience and successfully completed all processes. Hundreds of
employers across Kent have already taken students during this first
term of the new academic year with some outstanding success
8- 2010 'For Me or not for Me?' A very important question on so many
levels. The youngsters at Walmer Science College worked with
employers in workshops to test their skills and increase their
knowledge before answering the big question. Activities on
Engineering, scientific research, Public Service and Business were
7- 2010 Work Experience Another 500 young people successfully
signed up online for their Work Experience programme. Staff at the
schools and the EBP team have managed the process while the young
people have used the electronic system with great flair.
Individually they can now check online at home at school or on their
6- 2010 'Make it your Business' enterprise
day Herne Bay High School used a
'Make it your Business' enterprise day to have an entire year group
exercising their enterprise skills to the limit. Tight deadlines,
impressive teamwork, effective communication and a great buzz of
activity were all the ingredients for a successful day. The students
were focused and determined and met all requirements of the day in
4- 2010 'Impressive array of
opportunities' Another group of young
people successfully completed individual interviews for their
Internship. A very impressive request list from Medicine to Media
from Architecture to teaching. Employers in Folkestone and the
surrounding areas have been extremely supportive coming up with an
impressive array of opportunities.
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1- 2010 'Dem Bones' The young children at Ellington Infants
took part in a day learning about the human skeleton and the work it
does! 'Dem Bones' had all the children focused and busy and was a
delightful learning experience for all involved.
30- 2010 L.I.F.E The Ursuline College Westgate-on-sea
arranged for all of years 8,9,10 and 11 to participate in an
enterprise day called L.I.F.E.. The day looked at Life and fitness,
Information and campaigns, Food and nutrition, Environment and
exercise. All students did two workshops from Kick Boxing to Salsa,
from Sunscreen protection to cooking with unusual vegetables, from
Aerobics to cycling. They all worked in teams to draw up policies
for the school and its wider community.
ideas were extraordinary, so many suggestions of ways to bring all
four areas into the life of the Ursuline College. Suggestions and
recommendations made by the young people are being considered by
staff and many will be implemented during this school
28- 2010 West Kent Skills Event Tuesday saw hundreds of young people
from fourteen schools in West Kent come to the Angel Centre to work
their way around eighty interactive displays. There was 'Extreme
Biology', a Master Chef, Journalism, Medicine, Engineering and even
soldering a copper pipe! The young people were involved in all sorts
of activity, some had an interview, some sat in a prison van and
some had their hair done.
employers and exhibitors were full of praise for the positive
attitude of the young people. 'Running events with hands-on
experience enables students to gain an understanding of all the
opportunities out there.' '...Brilliant organisation; adding a
fantastic, 'real-life' dimension to school life'.
23- 2010 The Critical Incident Day Meridian Television spent two hours with
the Diploma students during the Critical Incident Day, filming their
interaction with all the employers.
Handlers gave impressive demonstrations of their work, the police,
the paramedic, the Fire Service and a team of wonderful magistrates
ran excellent workshops for all the young people to experience. 'I
really enjoyed this day and now understand how they all work
together, it was the best day.' Student.
13- 2010 New Diploma groups begin their
Employer Engagement The new intake of
ICT Diploma students have begun their course working with employers
straight away. The session was successful for all the learners who
were able to understand the application of the theory in the
workplace. A great beginning for the first step of the
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teachers have come together at two employer venues to network and to
hear about the improvements to the administration of Work Experience
for 2010 -11. Improvements to the H & S process, new protocols,
and additions to the preparation process will all contribute to
continuously strengthening quality assurance.
teachers will attend two more sessions over the next couple of weeks
and hear from some of the Kent employers who make work experience
possible for so many.
6- 2010 Work Experience Students across Kent have begun to sign
up for their Work Experience, EBP and School Staff have worked
together to enable students to use the web based system and to help
them make appropriate choices.