Nearly 120 Year 7 pupils from St. Edward’s Middle School attended the Minivans event in school on Thursday 5th March. This business enterprise event is for students to explore business and put their transferable skills into practice by coming up with a business plan and creating a Mini Van fleet to support the delivery of the plan. 
Once students had created their vans, they had to sell these to make money to produce more vans. The Honda volunteers were on the marketplace advising the students where possible improvements could be made to make more money. At the end of the day the students presented their ideas to Business volunteers and top teams won a prize. 
Students worked through their projects throughout the course of the day in their pre-determined groups and came up with a lot of fantastic ideas, such as a mobile library, donut van and poodle parlour. 
The winning team idea was a Hand Sanitizer company that sold Hand Sanitizer that was made out of sustainable ingredients so keep the country safe during the Corona Virus (Covid-19) but obviously this will have longevity as people will be more aware of using hand sanitizer in the future.. 
Gatsby Benchmarks met at the event: 
Learning from career & labour market information 
The Honda Interns shared a fascinating presentation with the students and showed them local opportunities at Honda, as the European Head Office is in Bracknell, Berkshire. 
Encounters with employers & employees 
The students interacted with the business volunteers at the marketplace and when presenting their final ideas. 
Experiences of workplaces 
The students came along to the day dressed in their business attire and asked the Honda volunteers questions about their jobs and experiences. 
Business Volunteers 
Honda Interns 
Tagged as: Mentoring
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