Learning to Work are proud to once again be the Southeast delivery partner for The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Challenge for 2022. We are thrilled to be delivering this year Challenge across the wider Thames Valley and we are proud to have launched this year’s programme in Slough, Royal Borough and South Bucks where 542 students from 5 schools will be going head-to-head to achieve the title of Regional Winners. The programme has got off to a great start with over 30 trained business mentors ready to support students every step of the way. 
The Enterprise Challenge is a national inter-school competition that is delivered to secondary schools across the UK. Students work in teams to play a business stimulation game called ‘Pop Up’ in which they run a virtual shop. Throughout the day students practice the game, create and deliver a pitch to the business mentors about their game strategy and then finally enter the challenge at the end of the event day. 
The 2022 Southeast Enterprise Challenge was launched at Churchmead School in Datchet on 2nd February and the event was a great success. The lead teacher, Ms Harrington commented: 
“I have honestly never seen Year 9 engage so much with a challenge! In particular, Alfie, was the most enthusiastic and focused that I have seen in the three years I have taught him.” 
Alfie shared: “I really loved the day and felt like I was a leader in my group. It was fun and the competition made it even more exciting. I think my group worked really hard and I really hope we get through to the final! Thanks to everyone who meant we could have this day.” 
Ms Harrington added: 
“We have a few students in that cohort who can get distracted easily and who don't like working with people who are not in their direct friendship group. However, I observed students from diverse groups, talking and sharing ideas with one another. That was a real delight to see. It’s fantastic to see our students work together and learn new skills. The mentors were brilliant and so were the facilitators.” 
Business mentors volunteer to lend their support and play an impactful role throughout the challenge. One mentor commented: 
“Thank you all organising the event. I really enjoyed it; it was fantastic to see the kids increase in confidence and enthusiasm during the day. One of the best moments for me was seeing some who earlier in the session had heads on desks, hoods covering heads getting involved and really participating in the actual game.” 
The Challenge is a great event to get students to develop key skills needed for the World of Work including teamwork, problem solving, resilience, decision making, creative thinking and communication.” 
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