Charleine Wain, who managed to make it to week 11 in The Apprentice, gave talks and workshops aimed at inspiring students to take their ideas to the next level and push themselves further. The workshops offered a fun and interactive approach, allowing the students to really engage in the world of enterprise.
Charleine Wain kicked off the day by giving the students a talk on her journey to success and what she is doing now, whilst also mentioning her experience whilst on the Apprentice.
Charleine gave the students her most valuable piece of advice to anyone wanting to start a business:
” The greatest motivator for success is believing in yourself.. Along with great planning “
After this, Charleine set the students a marketing challenge, giving them time to set up a plan and then pitch to the Apprentice star herself – replicating the actual show.
Shortly after this warm up, the students were set the difficult challenge of thinking of a business that they could start straight away, with just £100 to spend. Students were allowed to discuss with The Apprentice star, seek advice and bounce ideas around, then went off into groups and had a fixed amount of time to plan for the main aspects of a business startup: marketing, finance and of course, the idea and name of the business itself.
Throughout the day, one group of the challenge was followed to be shown on BBC South Today, this footage can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/BBCSouthToday/videos/981561571934433/
Overall the students involved found it both inspirational and engaging. We hope to continue events like this in the future, pushing for a more enterprising education.
For more information:
The Unloc Enterprise Academy @ Portsmouth College – https://www.portsmouth-college.ac.uk/enterprise-academy
The Unloc Enterprise Academy Model – http://enterpriseacademy.unloc.org.uk/
Charleine Wain – https://twitter.com/CharleineWain