Academy in Peterborough encourages enterprise

Pupils at Thomas Deacon Academy take part in the 'duck production' challenge EMN-151221-104347001

Pupils at Thomas Deacon Academy take part in the 'duck production' challenge EMN-151221-104347001

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Year 7 pupils at Peterborough’s Thomas Deacon Academy took part in a manufacturing simulation task last week, designed to encourage enterprise and develop key workplace skills.

The ‘duck production’ challenge was facilitated by The Skills Service, a brokerage service delivered by Opportunity Peterborough to encourage effective partnership working between businesses, education and training providers.

Representatives from Barclays Bank also supported the event, providing pupils with valuable real-life contact with local employers.

Pupils were split into random teams and tasked with assigning job roles before competing against their peers to make the most profit by designing and selling paper ducks. Various obstacles were introduced throughout the process, helping them to develop key employability skills such as teamwork, leadership, negotiation and problem-solving.

Dr Hilary Faulkner, assistant vice principal at the school, said: “Our Year 7 pupils really enjoyed the challenge of working in business teams. They got into role very quickly and learned some key entrepreneurial skills.”

Becky Nash, business and education development manager for The Skills Service, said: “This is a fast-paced and energetic activity, which really engages the students and helps them to understand about different roles in business.”

The Skills Service works closely with all of the schools in Peterborough, encouraging engagement with local employers through a variety of work-related learning activities such as careers fairs, Meet the Professional events and mock interviews.

Find out more at www.theskillsservice.co.uk