The School: Winstanley College

Winstanley College in Wigan in the North West is an award-winning college with a national reputation for excellence and student support. They offer a wide range of A Level course to 1,800 students. Along with academic excellence the college is committed to getting their students ready for the wider world and employment. This was their first time working with Enabling Enterprise as the Year 12 took part in a World of Work day.

The Challenge: Social Entrepreneur

Being Creative was the name of the game as the students took on the role of Social Entrepreneurs. It was also a great opportunity to show their Listening and Understanding skills in order to learn more about vulnerable groups in society, such as pensioners, the unemployed and young carers. Working in a Team they then had to come up with a successful business idea that would make society a better place whilst also, crucially, returning a profit. Once they’d proved they could use their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to write their business plan, as they identified problems and came up with even more solutions, it was time to make their brand stand out by Aiming High and devising a memorable, measurable and motivational mission statement and an eye catching logo.

The Results:

Finally, Presenting their ideas back to the other teams was the last part of the challenge. Could they persuade their fellow class mates to vote for their Social Enterprise? Their elevator pitches needed to prove that they had considered the financial and social aspects of their enterprise. It soon became clear that the students were more than up to the challenge as they showcased how they had taken turns Leading in order to ensure that every aspect of the task was completed to the best of their ability. There were some amazing ideas and it was fantastic to hear the students give feedback not only on what they had done but how they had worked together to do it.

What they said:

  • “It was interesting to have the opportunity to observe the student and to see how they coped working with other students they don’t know very well on a unique task.” – Teacher, Year 12
  • “This is a virtual activity but it could inspire one of us to set up our own social enterprise.” – Student, Year 12
  • “It has helped us to understand our strengths and weaknesses.” – Student, Year 12

Well done to everyone who was involved.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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