YOUNG entrepreneurs were told ‘you’re hired’ at Tiverton High School’s apprentice day last month.
Year nine students were tasked with creating a brand new chocolate product and sell it to a panel of experts made up of headteacher ‘Sir’ Andrew Lovett , and staff from local organisations including Exeter College and Heathcoat Fabrics.
Pupils worked in groups of five three weeks prior to the presentations in front of the panel which were held on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May.
During each groups’ pitch, the panel were shown the idea, a poster, packaging, a slogan, logos, branding and drawn stills from potential a television advert.
Based on the BBC One television show starring Lord Sugar, the school’s Apprentice day makes up part of students’ final GCSE English grade.
Head of English, Juliet Main said: “Pupils decide who their target audience will be, and have to do their market research, and create a pitch using devices to persuade which they have learnt in their English lessons.
“The pupils and experts say it is an extremely valuable day. Our students can value the importance of teamwork, communication skills, and how to cope and deal with nerves at an early stage in their lives while having the comfort of friends, and a recognisable location to help them.
“Knowing the students work hard and enjoying themselves is a real bonus. It’s on the curriculum and we are trying to make it fun, engaging and rewarding.”
Students worked in classes during the day and received a workshop from experts on presentation skills, teamwork, dealing with questions from a panel and coping with anxiousness in the run up to the final pitch.
Each class selected their best group to put forward to the final panel, with the winning group receiving £100 to share.