Enterprising students create products from recycled materials and win award for their efforts
Award-winning students from Shrewsbury College have created their own wooden products from recycled materials and promoted them with a percentage of the profits going to charity.
The students took part in the Young Enterprise programme, the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity, which encourages students to set up and run a business.
The students had to manage the whole project, from raising the initial share capital to designing and making their product or service to selling directly to customers at specially organised trade fairs.
This year, students from Pathways to Progression, (students between the ages of 18-25 with learning difficulties), formed a Young Enterprise company called P2S (Pathway to Sustain), and produced and marketed goods from a reused or recycled source with a percentage of the profits being donated to the British Red Cross.
They formed a partnership with Carpentry and Joinery students at the College who created products made from wood donated by the MOD, Donnington.
Products including planters, tables, a bench, log store and a book case were made. Two Carpentry and Joinery students also made a set of three planters that have been placed outside Origins, the College’s commercial restaurant. In collaboration with the Pathways students they were painted and filled with herbs for use by the restaurant staff.
The team of PS2 students also scooped the Shropshire Team Young Enterprise Award at the Shropshire Young Enterprise Awards in Telford recently, with their project (part of a national competition).
Phil Castle, Progression Specialist, said: “We are very grateful to the MOD for their donation which enabled the students to extend their skills and knowledge and develop their motivation and enthusiasm as well as their planning skills. They worked really hard on the project and were delighted to win an award for their enterprise.”
Richard Weaver, Carpentry and Joinery Tutor, said “The students from Carpentry and Joinery, aged between 17 and 20, welcomed the donation of the wood as it gave them the chance to design and create projects and items themselves.
“The staff from Carpentry and Joinery have also enjoyed working with the students to realise their ideas and they are grateful for this opportunity. The items created have either been used for their personal use, Young Enterprise or volunteering projects.”
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