Putting Theory into Practice

May 12, 2021 at 2:45 PM

Our Year 11 Business Studies students put their business learning into practice today, when small groups of students came together in the Jack Paine Centre to present their goods and services to fellow students.

A Commerce Department initiative, the students formed their own small businesses, culminating in a chance to sell their wares and show a profit. Working in teams, ideas were worked through, costs estimated, items produced and then marketing started in earnest to ensure the goods would sell well on Market Day.

This is a very practical experience and one that students thoroughly enjoy while learning the key aspects of business management, marketing and accounting skills. They also learn that it is not enough to just have an idea. Not only do they need a saleable product but also the people skills to sell it!

Alongside the Year 11s, a group of Year 13 YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) students were taking orders for a style of supporters’ hoodies they have designed and put into production. Sales at this stall were very brisk!

Business Studies is offered at NCEA Levels 1-3 at the College. Over the course of three years, the students are introduced to a wide range of business knowledge, concepts and content including quality management, innovation, sustainability, and marketing strategies.

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