Year 7 students at Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough took part in a manufacturing simulation that is designed to encourage enterprise and develop key workplace skills.
Students were split into random teams and tasked with assigning job roles before competing against their peers to make the most profit by designing and selling paper ducks. Representatives from Barclays Bank supported the event, taking charge of the banking and buying duties and providing students with valuable real-life contact with local employers.
Various challenges were introduced throughout the process, helping the students to develop key employability skills such as teamwork, leadership, negotiation and problem-solving.
Dr Hilary Faulkner, Assistant Vice Principal at the school, said: “Our Year 7 students really enjoyed the challenge of working in business teams. They got into role very quickly and learned some key entrepreneurial skills.”
Alex Spires, Business Manager from Barclays, commented: “Great event that was well planned and delivered. I enjoyed being part of the experience.”