EYEMOUTH High School’s first year students recently took part in ‘The ShP for Enterprise Challenge’ designed to teach students practical business skills to meet the aspirations of A Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
A unique feature of this experience is its context within social and environmental enterprise in education and specifically on the responsible recycling of e-waste in line with the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive.
After demonstrating the environmental impact of throwing away electronic waste, teams were set the task of starting their own electronic waste recycling company.
A managing director was appointed for each team and decisions were made on which products to recycle, what markets to collect them from and their unique selling point. Teams also created a business name, logo, slogan and advertising campaign which included a billboard poster and TV advert.
It was a nerve racking experience for each team as they presented their business ideas to the investors, who had a very tough time trying to decide on a winner.
However, it was smiles all round when the winning team ‘Pay 2 Play’ collected the award. They decided to recycle electrical musical instruments and entertained everyone with a very creative TV advert.
The winning team was managed by Cody Swanston and Fiazan Sindhoo and included Emma Worters, Daniel Sword, Shaun Sweeney, Blythe Maylin and Chloe Wightman.
Throughout the day students gained experience of team work, communication problem solving, analysis, numerical and risk taking skills. All teams made a huge effort and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.