Tuesday, April 29, 2008

News: Student consultants come to the rescue


A team of sixth form students from Rotherham can now call themselves ‘consultants’ after helping a local organisation to overcome a business challenge. The ‘We are Legends’ team from Maltby Comprehensive School came top out of ten teams who took part in Consultancy Ltd, a project funded by Yorkshire Forward and Rotherham Ready. Forty students from Maltby Comprehensive School and Thomas Rotherham College, all working towards an NCFE Level 2 Award in Developing Enterprise Capabilities, took part in the project which involved coming up with solutions to ten ‘real’ challenges set by local businesses. The winning team were awarded top place after wowing a panel of judges with a software system they were asked to create to help with the recent merger of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chambers of Commerce. The Consultancy Ltd project was delivered by u-xplore – the education division of The Music Factory Entertainment Group. Jessica Lee, u-xplore project coordinator, said: “Consultancy Ltd has given students the opportunity to access the minds of successful business people and has helped them to develop their confidence in operating in various business situations.” Jackie Frost, Rotherham Ready project manager, said: “Through the Consultancy Ltd project we have seen innovative ideas coupled with thorough business strategy in order for the teams to solve these problems which are on our doorstep. Rotherham is sure to have a real driving force in the future generations of employment.” South Yorkshire businesses which took part in the project included Fitness First, Doncaster Dome, Macalloy, Rother FM, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, Martek Marine and Lucorum.


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