Students have returned to school full of excitement and anticipation this week at the prospect of being able to plan and run their own business initiative alongside their lessons.
No 2 Things, a new upcycling enterprise created by a group of BTEC Business students at the school, held a successful launch event at the school’s annual Celebration of Achievement at the end of last term. The enterprise was created as part of the students’ BTEC qualification, which they have all successfully passed. Now the business is to be taken on and grown by a new group of students when they start studying business in September.
No 2 Things had a pop-up shop at the Celebration of Achievement to mark the end of a successful academic year, with the initial product collection including items such as cassette tape pen holders, decorated bottles and jars, and homemade bath bombs. The enterprise was a big hit with guests and the students were delighted with the sales they made. In addition, the sample domino clock they had on display proved very popular, with 6 pre-orders being placed on the day.
Future plans include workshop facilities to enable No 2 Things to embark on bigger upcycling projects this term, meaning the students will be able to offer a wider range of products, including upcycled furniture and produce made from fruit and vegetables grown at the school.
Learner Craig Harris who has been involved right from the start says, “I feel that being part of the No 2 Things enterprise project has helped me become more confident when it comes to working as part of a team and dealing with customers. I’ve enjoyed having an active role in the company. It’s been a big hit.”
Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “The enterprise has given our students the opportunity to run something on their own, develop their teamwork skills, and learn about their strengths and weaknesses. This has boosted their confidence, taught them new skills and given them a good insight into running a business. They’ll be able use the knowledge and experience they’ve gained as they move on to further studies, work placements and, when they finish their education, out in the world of work.”
This term a number of new students will embark on the BTEC business course. This will bring a new skill set to the enterprise, giving No 2 Things the opportunity to expand the range of products on offer. The students hope to start upcycling larger items such as tables and chairs and they’ll be able to take orders for these and personalise them as specified by the customers.
Students make good progress in their learning because they are taught well and they follow a good, creative and innovative curriculum that meets their needs.