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Time to Shine

Time to shine



If you are between 16-24 and want to celebrate your enterprise activity or business idea with the rest of Wales.....take a look at the categories, you can enter one or All of them!

Put yourself or your team on the map..........get yourselves known and recognised.

The College is going to be at the big event in March.........and we want to see you there too! A chance to showcase your talent and drive, they are looking for quality ...rather than quantity regarding word count on the application

If you need help- get in touch- Good Luck! You've got to be in it to win it!

Deadline January 27th

Visit Business Wales for more info

Lesley Cottrell 01443 810109   Bob Tod 01443 663227

Trading Places

Festive pop-up shop manned by entrepreneurial young traders

Having completed a series of entrepreneurial challenges at a previous event (Enterprise Skills Day), 36 students from all six SE Wales FE Colleges have put their commercial skills to the test by operating a number of Christmas market stalls within a unit in the Morgan Quarter. 

In the two days leading-up to the trading day itself, the teams put together Dragons-Den style pitches to event sponsors, which determined the order in which they could pick product lines to sell.  With the product lines chosen the teams conducted market research, formulated a business plan and finalised their products for sale in the 24 hours leading up to trading day.

Martin Burgess, a participating student from Coleg y Cymoedd, said: "It's been great to be part of Trading Places.  Once I have completed my business course at college I want to set up my own restaurant, so the experience if running a business has been amazing."

In September 2015 Trading Places won a national UK award for its work, taking the National Enterprise Educators Award 2015 (FE Enterprise Champions Category).

Trading Places is a collaborative project between the FE Enterprise Hub and First Campus in partnership with the Morgan Quarter in Cardiff, NatWest, EE and the HE Enterprise Hub and Big Ideas Wales, the Welsh Government’s campaign to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs in Wales.

It aims to develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes through practical experiences and has been designed by the SE Wales YES Hub and First Campus to enhance links between education and industry inline with the Welsh Government's Youth Enterprise Strategy (YES) Action Plan for 2010-15.

“Once again we’re so proud at how the students have progressed in just three days to become the entrepreneurs they were, running their own business for a day at the pop-up shop,” said Chris Webb, Further Education Co-ordinator of First Campus at the University of South Wales, which organises and co-ordinates the event.  “By demonstrating to young people what entrepreneurship is all about in such a practical way, supported by role models and entrepreneurs from Big Ideas Wales and the South East Wales FE Enterprise Hub, we hope many of those taking part will consider starting their own business or working towards it as a career option.”

First Campus, the South East Wales Wales Reaching Wider partnership, raises the aspirations and Higher Education awarness of learners through activities and workshops which take place at Higher Education institutions.

Enterprise Skills Day

The Enterprise Skills Day, supported by commercial, educational and government partners, offers a range of stimulating and challenging workshops centred on the key aspects of the ACRO ‘Understanding entrepreneurship’ Model. It encourages students to think strategically and innovatively about the skills required to run a successful business - including Attitude, Creativity, Relationships and Organisation.

The Enterprise Skills Day, which was held at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday (November 18th), brought together 120 of the most entrepreneurial college students from across south Wales and set them a series of skills based challenges. During the intensive skills, assessment day students were put through their paces in order to hone their creativity by innovating everyday objects, pitching and negotiating with event sponsors NatWest all whilst working as a team under pressure.

All students attending received training and mentorship from some of Wales' most successful start-up entrepreneurs, many of whom serve as Big Ideas Wales role models they also had an opportunity to continue their entrepreneurial journey by attending one of six follow on events.

One of which was 'Trading Places' which saw 36 of the wannabe moguls who had most impressed judges with their keen business acumen being invited to attend the Trading Places event in December. Trading Places provides students with an opportunity to manage stalls in a pop-up Christmas boutique in the Morgan Quarter within Cardiff city centre.

 The opening of the 2016 Trading Places shop December 15th 2016, by the 36 successful students who attended the Enterprise Skills Day

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