Enterprising students stepped into the Dragons’ Den to take part in a New City College inter-campus business challenge held as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
The students – all studying Level 3 BTEC Business – had to come up with an idea for a new facility or service at their own college campus in an all-day challenge that was a cross between TV shows Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice.
Each NCC campus entered a team who had to create a name for their idea and then plan, research and finally pitch their proposal to a panel of ‘Dragons’.
Of the six teams (from Havering Sixth Form, Epping, Ardleigh Green, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Hackney), the team from the Sixth Form campus in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, were selected as the winners with their idea B2B – Beginning to Bank.
This proposal suggested the college partnered with a high street bank to offer a drop-in facility on campus so that students could learn about managing money, including savings accounts, credit cards and credit ratings, leading to them becoming more financially independent.