Year 13 Business Studies group recently visited local business PerkinElmer in preparation for their final examination. The research theme the students are investigating is ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. Perkin Elmer are a global company with a factory located in Llantrisant Business Park, they manufacture scientific equipment – see www.perkinelmer.co.uk for more information about the business.
Y Pant has enjoyed strong links with the business for many years and visit on a regular basis. Jackie and Grant (Human Resources PerkinElmer) produced a presentation for year 13 students in relation to ‘CSR’ at PerkinElmer. Recent CSR developments by the business include working towards minimising waste, offering help to Japan with the recover from the recent Tsunami and investing in employee development.
Students found the presentation informative, interesting and relevant to their individual studies. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation – an opportunity that both Tom Grother and Matthew Bartlett took full advantage of!
A group of year 10 pupils (Morgan Rees, Sam Jarvis, Josh Jones, Liam Upright and Matt Naden) attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 7th April to take part in the Stock Market Challenge. Pupils worked in teams through a week of simulated trading on the stock market, making decisions under pressure, taking calculated risks and experiencing the excitement of the trading floor.
The boys competed against 16 other schools from across South East Wales, also taking part were a team of Bank Managers, a team of teachers and a team of staff from UWIC School of Management. After much trading and some fantastic team work the boys ended the weeks trading in first place having generated a portfolio value of £117,000 – this was more than second and third place added together!
Throughout the activity the team from Y Pant demonstrated excellent problem-solving, communication and analytical skills and at no stage did they panic or lose focus of the task.
As a result the team managed to win £15 vouchers for themselves and £500 for the Business Studies Department!
Twenty year 10 pupils attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 28th March to take part in a business taster day.
Pupils attended workshops on entrepreneurship and marketing as well as having an opportunity to experience careers in the finance sector. All pupils performed well throughout the day and came up with some great responses to the tasks set.
Year 13 students visited a second local business in the space of a week. This time students visited Sigma3 kitchens in Llantrisant Business Park – www.sigma3.co.uk. The company manufacture kitchens for retail throughout the UK. Students were welcomed to the business by Director Elizabeth and Brian Lakin. Students were taken on a factory tour and given a presentation explaining how the business has developed over the years – including how business managed to recover from a factory fire in 1985, marketing strategies used and operating in a tough economic climate.
Students took part in a quiz with Tom Grother winning the £10 prize for best performance. Finally the group were treated to lunch before leaving. Another worthwhile visit in preparation for the students final examination.
Students from year 10 recently visited Cadbury World as part of their course.
Carrie Wool and Eloise Saunders have written up the trip and their reports can be found on the Business Studies website.
Click here for the Business Studies website. This site also contains information about the school’s very successful Young Enterprise entries over the years.
Two teams of year 10 students recently took place in a Stock Market Challenge. Their write-up is available to download here and you can also find out more on the Business Studies website.