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Enterprising Students win a place in the final of St James's Place Enterprise Competition

A group of entrepreneurial Year 12 students qualified for a place in the final of the St James’s Place Enterprise Competition, which was hosted by Archway School on Monday 18th February. 

The competition is being run in conjunction with GFirst LEP, who work in partnership with businesses to develop employment opportunities for school leavers in Gloucestershire. Five teams of Archway Sixth Form students took part and they were given a brief to develop a new product or service to help endorse St James’s Place core values.  The students needed to work effectively as a team to develop an enterprising business idea and then pitch it to the panel of judges.  All the students impressed us with their energy and innovative ideas, although only one team could go through to the final.  The winning team, pictured here, were chosen for their idea ‘SJP Fresh Start Initiative’ which is a six week employability programme designed to target unemployed young people in Gloucestershire.  The final takes place on 17th May, when our Archway Team will be pitching against other finalists for a chance to win a two week paid internship during the summer holidays at the     St James’s Place Head Office in Cirencester.

     Thank you to Katey Gaunt of St James’s Place, Duncan Willoughby of GFirst LEP and all the other mentors from local businesses who gave up their valuable time to help support the students and make it such an enjoyable event.  We look forward to the final!