Year 9 students recently enjoyed an exciting enterprise day – the Chocolate Challenge - at The Kingsley School, working in teams to explore different working roles in a company and learning more about key entrepreneurial and employability skills such as leadership, communication, organisation, working with numbers, teamwork and negotiation.
Each team formed a 'company' and assigned their working roles of Marketing & Sales Director, Brand Consultant, Production Manager, Financial Director and Buying Manager, Ably led by a Managing Director, they then had to design, package and plan the marketing for their product - whilst hopefully making a profit along the way! - culminating in a presentation to the judges.
The students produced some excellent results, demonstrating original thinking and resourcefulness along the way. Innovative ideas included linking chocolates to a free app (with collectable emojis to scan contained within the packaging), and chocolate treats for dogs contained within a fun toy designed to break open on play. There was some really imaginative work and all teams worked fantastically well together. The students themselves reflected on the skills they used during the day, suggesting ‘creativity, collaboration, imagination, persuasive writing, maths, listening, perseverance, style, confidence, originality and design’.
Careers Coordinator Mrs Bennett said: “What a fantastic day! The girls successfully overcame any challenges they faced and produced some truly impressive product ideas and presentations. Days such as these provide an excellent opportunity for our students to widen their knowledge of different careers and are a chance for them to develop many skills, in particular, their flair for design and marketing. Feedback shows the girls particularly enjoyed working collaboratively in teams and seeing the fantastic results they achieved when they worked together, recognising that combining ideas can make them even better!”