Young entrepreneurs put to the test at Business Class CRE8 event

Teams of year nine pupils from local schools have taken part in a series of business challenges at a Careers Wales event held at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University.

The Business Class Cluster CRE8 event, which was held in collaboration with Careers Wales, Business in the Community (BITC) and Nest, saw pupils from eight schools competing against each other to promote energy efficient projects.

Business Class is a BITC programme funded in Wales by the Welsh Government and delivered by Careers Wales aimed at forging links between employers and schools. 

Students were asked to design and create an energy efficient product from recyclable materials which included; a drone which uses solar energy, an environmentally friendly vehicle and a lunar powered light which they then presented to a panel of expert judges.

The groups were judged on their design, team work, and presentation, with Turbine Travellers from Ysgol Morgan Llwyd announced as the overall winners at the end of the day with their revolutionary design for a car that will utilise solar energy, turbines and axle l power to harness power. The design considered factors of safety, impact on the environment, accessibility and value for money with return on investment.

The CRE8 event was a culmination of a series of Business Class competitions, geared towards improving school pupils’ understanding of the world of work and to learn about the importance of energy efficiency technology.

As part of the initiative to improve relationships between North East Wales schools and their supporting Business Ambassadors (Wolseley and The Energy Savings Trust), the competitors received support from leading Welsh employers including Principality and Scottish Power Energy Network.

Graham Bowd, Chief Executive of Careers Wales, said: "Our aim in bringing these schools and businesses together was to provide these young, enthusiastic pupils with the opportunity to take part in a competition that enabled them to develop a range of transferrable skills, including teamwork and presentation skills.

"Business Class helps give students an insight into the world of business, including proposals, design and marketing, through the help of some of Wales’ biggest employers."

Matt Appleby, Director of Business in the Community Cymru, said: “The CRE8 event is a great example of Business Class at work. 

“It gives pupils hands-on experience of the skills that the workplace is now looking for, both practical and social.   

“Students taking part have the chance to develop work-related skills including teamwork, communication, problem solving, resilience and creative thinking. What’s more, pupils of all abilities are able to take part. 

“We are proud to work with Careers Wales and Nest  on events like CRE8 which help build Wales’ future workforce”.

The event was also attended by Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, who spoke to all the teams about their designs and ideas during the morning session of challenges.

Cabinet Secretary said: "Events like these help to educate and prepare young people for their future careers by providing them with skills and knowledge beyond the school curriculum. It’s also vital that young people understand the growing importance of energy efficiency in business.

"It’s thanks to partnerships such as these, links can be forged between businesses and schools and Business Class ultimately benefits young people in Wales by improving their employability skills.”

Careers Wales in an all-Wales service that offers free career advice, tips and guidance to people of all ages looking to enter full or part time employment, work schemes, apprenticeships or gain work experience to further their skills and job prospects.


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