An entrepreneurial project for students of New College Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for a prestigious engagement award.
The College’s ‘Market Day’ initiative has been shortlisted in the annual Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (sparqs) Student Engagement Awards in the Shaping the Curriculum category.
The ‘Market Day’ project was created by the College’s Learner Engagement Team as part of their ‘Be Engaged’ initiative - which was recognised in last year’s sparqs awards - encouraging students to get involved in various extra-curricular activities to develop their skillset outside the classroom.
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. Students are able to access funding to help get with resources for their business idea including stock, equipment and marketing.
The project also considers the business development process for each participant and students are mentored from partners at Bridge 2 Business to help get their business started.
John O’Hara, Senior Learner Engagement Officer, said: “The Market Day initiative has been a huge success, with over 30 students using it to develop their confidence, interpersonal and customer service skills. We continue to receive applications from interested students to take part in the coming months.
“We have been so impressed with the level of professionalism and creativity shown by students who have hired the stalls and have had fantastic feedback from lecturers, fellow students and the budding entrepreneurs themselves.
“One of only four colleges shortlisted and the only one in our category is a fantastic accolade and I am very proud of the work the Learner Engagement Team and the students involved have achieved.”
The only further education institute in the category, the College will go head to head with Abertay University and Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association at an awards ceremony on Thursday 28th March in Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh.
For more information about Learner Engagement at New College Lanarkshire, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/students/student-voice/learner-engagement
For more information about sparqs, visit: https://www.sparqs.ac.uk/