Year 11 students at Woldgate College got a taste of life in the fast lane of business recently.
The entire year group took part in an all-day business challenge organised by Studyflex Management Development Consultancy with a focus on developing their team working, problem solving and creativity skills.
During the day, the students worked in teams to design, build and refine an elastic-driven racing car. They were given limited budgets and resources and had to work together, sharing their ideas and developing their designs.
Fiona Bingham, Head of Year 11 at Woldgate College, said: “This event has been a wonderful experience for our Year 11 students. They have approached the activities in a mature and business-like manner and I am proud of how they have worked together to overcome their design and business problems.”
Careers Coordinator Luke Sloman added: “At Woldgate, we work hard to ensure that all our students leave school with the skills necessary to succeed in life. Events like this give our students the skills, confidence and experience to deal with real challenges they may face in the future, both in education and the workplace.”
The day culminated in a race between the cars designed by the students, with the fastest car overall winning maximum points.
Further points were added to each team’s score based on the quality of their business plans and their team working skills. The overall winning team were congratulated by the organisers and awarded prizes.
Event organiser Paul Smith congratulated all the students on their impressive performance, attitude and teamwork demonstrated throughout the day.
He added that the students had outperformed many adult professionals in similar tasks.
Year 11 students will now use the confidence and skills developed during the day in preparing for their GCSE exams in the summer.