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Carpentry students reach final of business competition

18th April 2017

Five carpentry and joinery students will represent City College Norwich in the final of the Market Maker competition with their idea for a new brand of life skills training aimed at young people.

The students – Tom Eyre, George Richardson, Joa De Almeida, Jordan Fleet and Aaron Godfrey – were selected for the final after impressing in the City College Norwich heat in March. 

The idea behind their ‘Life Learning Course’ is to give colleges an adaptable tool with which to teach the sorts of life skills that can enable students to move towards full independence as young adults.

These include things such as how to apply for a passport, how to write a CV, starting driving lessons, applying for a bank account, understanding loans and mortgages, applying for Higher Education courses and how to draw up a business plan.

Their video pitch will be up against entries from Glasgow Kelvin and Barking & Dagenham College students in the final of the Market Maker competition which is organised in association with Gazelle.

Market Maker sees students developing a new product or service, backed by a business plan, and pitching their ideas to a panel of judges.

Carpentry and Joinery L1 student George Richardson said:

“The idea is that our Life Learning Course could be used in schools and colleges to help young people with their futures, based on the things that we didn’t know how to do or that hasn’t been taught.  Each member of the team took on assigned roles and we included as much as we knew about business plans, things like setting up a web site, how we would finance the project and promote it.” 

Following their success in the college heat, the 5 students were treated to a fine dining lunch in the Debut Restaurant at City College Norwich (pictured).

Good luck to the team in the final!