Foundation Studies - Dream Team

Bury College Foundation Studies students capitalise on their employability skills to launch exciting new business.

Business Challenge students were delighted to introduce their new business ‘Dream Team’ to the staff and students of Bury College. Learners were tasked to set up and manage a successful business for the course of one college year. The initial set-up of the business included an introductory planning meeting where the name was agreed, calendar of events planned and admin work such as VAT, registration fees and shares organised.

Students invited peers and tutors to their launch event which involved a tombola and a Christmas gift stall where they sold their hand-made cards. Throughout the year, the handmade gifts will be tailored to topical calendar dates such as Valentine’s Day, Fathers and Mother’s Day and Easter and will visit a range of high profile venues such as the Trafford Centre.

Foundation Studies tutor Elaine Hopwood believes the Business Challenge course will improve students confidence as well as gaining practical experience of running a business. Elaine said, “Today’s event was the launch of our students business which is part of young enterprise. The students will take part in a wide range of events and competitions between now and June 2019. This is a unique opportunity to gain communication and customer service skills and improve their confidence.”

Former Elms Bank pupil, Daniel Laing is enjoying the course and the opportunities available at Bury College. Daniel said, “I’ve enjoyed launching the Dream Team business and I’ve helped to organise the tombola. Today I have been working behind the stall and selling Christmas items. My favorite thing about being at Bury College is seeing my tutors and friends every day.”

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