College initiative ‘Market Day’ highly commended at industry awards

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An initiative to help budding entrepreneurs at New College Lanarkshire realise their business goals has been celebrated at the College Development Network Awards.

The ‘Market Day’ project, an initiative set up by the College’s Learner Engagement Team in partnership with Bridge2Business, received the Highly Commended award in the Essential Skills category.  

The project was recognised for demonstrating that the College has embraced the ethos of essential skills in the curriculum, ensuring that students articulate and showcase their skills and the potential to utilise these skills in different contexts.

Ross Brand, Learner Engagement Officer at the College, said: "Market Day allows students with entrepreneurial flair to utilise on-campus market stalls to sell products or services – from bake sales to hair-cuts – utilising their skills learned in the classroom and putting them into practice in a real-life situation.

“They are given access to funding to help get with resources for their business idea including stock, equipment and marketing.

“They also have direct access to information from Bridge2Business to ensure the development and growth of their business for success.”

Ann Baxter, Vice Principal at New College Lanarkshire, said: “The Market Day initiative has given several learners the unique opportunity to build their own business within the College, enhancing their confidence, skills and employability.

“The Learner Engagement Team have worked hard to ensure the initiative is a success for all involved and we are delighted that this dedication has been recognised in the College Development Network Awards.”

‘Market Day’ builds on the success of the College’s award-winning 'Be Engaged' initiative launched in 2016, which encourages students to get involved in various extra-curricular activities to develop their skillset outside the classroom.

The CDN Awards recognise the talent, skills and achievement of colleges, their staff and their learners, providing a valuable opportunity to recognise and celebrate the innovation taking place in colleges across the country.

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