First year students from the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business course at Macclesfield College of Further and Higher Education were taken out of the classroom to put their business skills into practice. Natwest Bank set them a Lord Sugar ‘Apprentice style’ challenge where they were split into teams and took on the role of catering companies. Each team had to work together on a tender for hosting an evening meal with entertainment all within a set deadline and budget.
Robin Tait, Business Manager at NatWest Business Banking and his colleague delivered a hands-on session to the students in which they explored the practicalities of running a business. The students were required to plan menus, decorations and a theme for the event, all of which had to be realistically and accurately costed and priced. There was stiff competition as each group then presented their pitch in a bid to win the contract.
The winning team (Fantasy Foods) comprising Amy Follos, Annabelle Lee, Oliver Towle and Jack Ronnie, impressed the judging panel with their Winter Wonderland themed evening. Throughout the activity they showed excellent team work and communication skills and also came up with accurate costings.
Tutors Alex Stevens and Carole Uske who facilitated the event stated, "This activity provided invaluable experience for the students, further strengthening their team work, communication and problem solving skills. These skills will prove very useful later on in the course as they set up and pitch their own real-life business to local employers and business investors. We were very impressed with the engagement of all learners with the task and feedback from students was that it was a really enjoyable activity before the half-term break."
The task links in to many of the units studied on the course, such as: ‘Introduction to Marketing’, ‘ Business Resources’ and ‘Managing a Business Event’.
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