Sixth Form Pupils Conquer the Enterprise Challenge with Bloor Homes
Year 12 students at Hedingham School recently took part in the Enterprise Challenge Scheme that saw them join forces with a number of local businesses, including Bloor Homes.
In an ‘Apprentice’ style event, teams of pupils were set business challenges by the companies involved and were tasked to come up with solutions and ideas.
The team that worked with Bloor Homes visited the housebuilder’s Earl’s Garden development in Sible Hedingham where they were met by Sandra Hildrow, the Sales Advisor. They were then given a tour of the Show Home and the development.
During the meeting, the pupils learnt about the buying process for a new home. This included details of the Help to Buy and Home Exchange schemes that Bloor offers and Sandra also explained about the benefits of buying new.
They saw the community spaces on the development and were told how close the local schools and amenities were.
The team was then tasked to provide three new marketing leaflets for the development, and in accordance with the challenge rules, given just 24 hours to complete the task.
One of the pupils commented, “During enterprise challenge week, I developed a lot of new transferable skills, such as: team work, communication, time management and managing others."
“The tasks we were given were enjoyable. I especially liked going out to the businesses to get a flavour for the world of work. I think this experience will benefit me in the future and will be a valuable addition to my university application.”
Monika Hanlon, Regional Sales Director at Bloor Homes Eastern, explained; “This was an extremely ambitious challenge and I am delighted to say the pupils absolutely sailed through it. In 24 hours, they produced excellent marketing leaflets, individual business cards, QR codes and even recorded a Bloor Homes jingle, which was fantastic.
“The challenge culminated with a presentation by the entire team to myself and other judges on everything they had done for the Enterprise Challenge. Throughout it I was struck by the professionalism, the teamwork and the commitment they showed to the Challenge.”
“Every one of the team members impressed us and the way they all pulled tougher to produce a great result was remarkable. I have no doubt that they all have a successful future ahead of them in their chosen career paths.”
“We were proud to participate in the Enterprise Challenge and it was a reflection of our commitment to the communities in which we build our developments.”