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Young Minds at Work

By Fiona Wilkins - January 24th, 2024 | Posted in Article

Students in Year 10 have embarked on a 10-week progamme called LifeLab during their Steps to Transition lessons. They will learn about branding, pricing, marketing, sales and services. Over the course of the programme, the students will create their own business and develop a product. At the end of the course we will hold a market day, where students and staff can purchase the items made by each mini “company/ business”

The idea is to empower our young people to hone in on their own interests and skills, and begin to think about how they could set up their own business in the future.

Lara Birkett, Head of Careers at St Philip’s School said, “Many young people with learning disabilities have amazing skills and specific interests- which leads to expertise and key knowledge around certain products and sectors. At St. Philips, we strive to give these young people the tools to one day start their own company where they can utilise their excellent and specific skill set.”

Young Minds At Work is an fun and interactive course that will develop key transferable skills that employers look for when recruiting: technical, communication, critical thinking, multi-tasking, teamwork, creativity and leadership.

With support given by specially trained facilitators, pupils learn to work independently and as part of a team to produce products and services to sell at a stall of their own creation at an enterprise fair. They will also present their business plan to a panel of judges, (comprised of representatives from their school and outside entrepreneurs).

They are guided step by step through business theory and processes using appropriate resources, exercises, quizzes and videos covering product selection, branding, pricing, marketing, finance, production and sales.

All participants receive a business book containing all the information covered in the progamme and a certificate commending them for specific achievements within the process.

The school also receives an impact report showing learning that has taken place based on questionnaires that the pupils fill in and a certificate to say that they have provided enterprise education to their pupils in conjunction with Lifelab.