Last week 4,500 full time learners at Kirklees College took part in Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Enterprise Go, in partnership with Huddersfield recruitment company and Chamber member Stafflex, saw a selection of activities designed to help students develop the skills needed to be an entrepreneur.
These included problem-solving in a Live Escape game, decision-making sessions with the RNLI charity, plus other challenges, presentations and live briefs with companies including The Art and Craft Factory.
The Natwest business bus also visited Batley School of Art and Huddersfield Centre.
Lydia Butterworth Head of Enterprise at Kirklees College said: “We hosted an action-packed series of events, talks and workshops to help students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to inspire them to consider self-employment as a viable option.
“I’d like to thank all of our collaborators for their hard-work this week and in particular Stafflex for helping to make this possible.
Maggie Netherwood, Business Development Manager from Stafflex said: “We are delighted to have been the headline sponsor for the week’s activities.
“We were highly impressed by the commitment of the staff, business community and most importantly the students in demonstrating that Kirklees truly is a hub of entrepreneurship.”
Live Escape created a completely bespoke game where students were challenged to decipher a crime scene investigation by finding clues, solving puzzles and unlocking padlocks in 30 minutes.
Kristopher Lee Harrop and Austen Barrowclough from Live Escape said: “The game was well received by both students and staff.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and challenges brought to us creating a bespoke game that allowed us to get through 900 students in one week.”
Ben Chubb, National Enterprise Manager for NatWest said "Over the course of the two days we've had nearly 200 students onboard our business bus, creating businesses in small groups and then pitching their ideas back to a panel, Dragons’ Den style.
“It’s a fun learning experience but also helps the students develop a range of skills including team work, communication, problem solving, working to deadlines, flexibility and working under pressure – giving an insight into some of the challenges you need to overcome in the workplace or starting your own business.
“We were very impressed with the creative ideas the students came up with and the level of detail and understanding they conveyed in their pitches ranging from understanding their target audience and competitors to ensuring they had multiple revenue streams for their business and adequate promotion."
Joshua Booth, from Hewitt and Booth - the manufacturing division of art and Craft Factory, said: “We were delighted when we were asked to participate in GEW with Kirklees College.
“It was an opportunity for students to help develop our products and markets, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills in the process.
“We look forward to reviewing and progressing some of the concepts developed over the week; as generating new ideas for our current production capabilities is critical to our success.”
Two learning coaches from the youth education team at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) ran sessions around the core themes of decision making, personal responsibility, risk awareness, communications and water safety. A total of 800 learners took part in the programme over the five days.
Session leaders Mark Willcock and Paul Gillions said: “It was a hugely rewarding and positive experience to spend time with so many young adults who were keen on developing not only the leadership and teamwork skills they need to succeed in their future working lives but also a greater understanding of and respect for coastal and inland waters."