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Young Enterprise Challenge Masterclass

Y7 Careers morning

ASPIREYear 7 took part in an enterprise challenge masterclass, where in teams of businesses, they had to buy beads in order to make bracelets and necklaces to sell at a profit. They learnt about what makes a successful business, and how each individual brings a set of personal values and skills which are equally relevant and useful. Using their skills on financial capability, decision making & evaluating decisions and budgeting – all qualities of an entrepreneur; the winning team in the morning from 7-1, Emilia, Rhianon, Sanya, Natasha and Tamara made a profit of £650 and the afternoon team from 7-4 who were Ruby, Sophie, Keshni, Mia, Bette and Anna made over £1200 profit! Well done to all who took part.

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Enterprise Competition Success

Together Enterprise Competition - Y12 winners

ASPIREWe are delighted to announce that two of our Year 12 students have been successful in an Enterprise Competition which has gained them each an individual prize of an iPad as well as a cheque for £2,500 for the school.

Zara A and  Shufei C were the winning team members in the Together Enterprise Challenge which was open to students aged 15-18 from schools across the North West.

They had to prepare a Business Plan to win the backing of the judges who were the CEO and three senior directors of Together Financial Services in Cheadle.

The challenge was to create a business which utilised the facilities of a large country house in Cheshire, which had fallen into disrepair, using the financial loans provided by Together. Zara and Shufei came up with the idea of a Social Enterprise leisure centre specifically targeting people with mental health issues who wanted fun and exercise in a caring environment.

AGGS team on the Together competitionThe competition was launched in September by the Enterprise Department of Mrs Gillibrand and Mrs Gerrard and since then the students have been working on their plan alongside the four other teams from our school who entered the competition.

Three teams completed the challenge and made their pitches in late November and the two successful teams were selected to go through to the finals by a panel which included Mrs Gillibrand, Mrs Gerrard and Mr Murray.

At the finals on Monday 4th December our other team of Kayleigh C, Hira K and Martha W gave a wonderful presentation on their Escape Room idea and were highly commended for their originality by the judges.

In choosing their winning team the judges were highly impressed with not only the extremely passionate and professional quality of Zara and Shufei’s presentation but also by the extensive research which went into their business plan.

Both students who joined AGGS sixth form from other schools were delighted with their success and have received a massive boost to their confidence.…as well as their Apple collections.

Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day

ASPIREOn 22nd November Year 11 took part in a Top Trader day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the girls worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed speaking to the BNY employees about their particular job roles within BNY Mellon.

Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
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Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers - Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day
Careers – Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day

Year 12 Careers Fortnight 2017

Y12 Careers Fortnight Careers talk by Hilti Engineering

ASPIREBetween 6-17th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.

Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where they were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different interesting jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, and what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers and ex-students to give talks in assemblies, lessons and at lunchtime.

Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Y12 Careers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Careers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Careers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Careers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Careers Fortnight - Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.
Careers Fortnight – Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.

Year 8 World of Work Day

Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017
Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017

World of Work (WoW)ASPIREOn Thursday, 4th May we held our first ever World of Work (WoW) Day for our Year 8 students. We invited in 10 of our alumnae to deliver a series of talks on what they have done since leaving AGGS.
The aim of the day was to open the students up to an array of different careers and opportunities on offer after they leave school and to think about the different skills needed. Assemblies and form time sessions were delivered over the week to help them to think about what skills they already have, and how they can develop and build upon these skills in and out of school for their future careers.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Thank you to all of our alumnae volunteers for giving up their time to help us with this day. It is always lovely to welcome back our former students; current AGGS students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from those who were once in their shoes.

Y12 ‘Careers Fortnight’

ASPIREBetween 2nd-13th November, we held our first Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make a better informed choice about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it be university, an apprenticeship scheme, a Gap year or employment. Activities included a trip to Liverpool University, a workshop on the hidden job market and a visit from the Key 103 apprenticeship bus. We were delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time, either conducting careers interviews with students or delivering a talk about their career and experience. Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success. If you would like to get involved in or find out more about careers education, information advice and guidance at AGGS, please contact Kate Gillibrand at: gillibrand@aggs.trafford.sch.uk