Dragons' Den test for Bristol college students
STUDENTS pitched ideas to industry experts as part of a Dragons' Den-style competition.
Sixty City of Bristol College students on plumbing and construction courses presented entrepreneurial ideas to representatives from firms including MITIE, Lowrey Contractors and ISG.
Fourteen local employers took part in the competition, called Take the Plunge.
Students had to convince the experts of the benefits of their ideas, with cash prizes and an award at stake.
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Kayleigh Wootten, a plumbing Level 2 student at the college, said: "I learnt from the business experts that each aspect of money, product, and promotion has to be thought through in detail. It has also made me more confident to meet new people."
Jonathan Fox, studying electrical installation, said: "I learnt to be confident and make eye contact with the judges. Meeting the employers makes me want an apprenticeship even more."
Michael Coleman, head of construction at the college, said: "Students who took part in the event improved their self-confidence and gained a valuable insight into the world of business.
"These competitions are an ideal way of raising the aspirations and skills of students and to raise awareness amongst local businesses of just how much our students have to offer."
The competition was devised by skills and enterprise training company Working Knowledge.
James Lott, manager director of Working Knowledge, said: "We are passionate about providing opportunities for all young people to excel and be spotted by employers as the fresh talent of the future.
"Employers have offered jobs, work experience and Apprenticeships as a result of meeting young people at our events in over 40 colleges across the country."