Welcome to First Campus

Through collaboration we run a series of exciting
and challenging activities for a wide cross
section of pupils who are at key stages 2, 3
and 4. Our activities fully complement the
curriculum, enrich studies, encourage
participation and are enjoyable for all
participants.

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Welcome to First Campus

Through collaboration we run a series of exciting
and challenging activities for a wide cross
section of pupils who are at key stages 2, 3
and 4. Our activities fully complement the
curriculum, enrich studies, encourage
participation and are enjoyable for all
participants.

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Welcome to First Campus

Through collaboration we run a series of exciting
and challenging activities for a wide cross
section of pupils who are at key stages 2, 3
and 4. Our activities fully complement the
curriculum, enrich studies, encourage
participation and are enjoyable for all
participants.

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Welcome to First Campus

Through collaboration we run a series of exciting
and challenging activities for a wide cross
section of pupils who are at key stages 2, 3
and 4. Our activities fully complement the
curriculum, enrich studies, encourage
participation and are enjoyable for all
participants.

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Trading Places 2016

Festive pop-up shop manned by entrepreneurial young traders

Having completed a series of entrepreneurial challenges at a previous event (Enterprise Skills Day), 36 students from all six SE Wales FE Colleges have put their commercial skills to the test by operating a number of Christmas market stalls within a unit in the Morgan Quarter.  In the two days leading-up to the trading day itself, the teams put together Dragons-Den style pitches to event sponsors, which determined the order in which they could pick product lines to sell.  With the product lines chosen the teams conducted market research, formulated a business plan and finalised their products for sale in the 24 hours leading up to trading day.

Following a successful day of trading, a presentation evening took place at the University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus in which three team and three individual awards were given by a panel of judges to the following:

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Martin Burgess, a participating student from Coleg y Cymoedd, said: "It's been great to be part of Trading Places.  Once I have completed my business course at college I want to set up my own restaurant, so the experience if running a business has been amazing."

In September 2015 Trading Places won a national UK award for its work, taking the National Enterprise Educators Award 2015 (FE Enterprise Champions Category).

Trading Places is a collaborative project between the FE Enterprise Hub and First Campus in partnership with the Morgan Quarter in Cardiff, NatWest, EE and the HE Enterprise Hub and Big Ideas Wales, the Welsh Government’s campaign to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs in Wales.

It aims to develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes through practical experiences and has been designed by the SE Wales YES Hub and First Campus to enhance links between education and industry inline with the Welsh Government's Youth Enterprise Strategy (YES) Action Plan for 2010-15.

“Once again we’re so proud at how the students have progressed in just three days to become the entrepreneurs they were, running their own business for a day at the pop-up shop,” said Chris Webb, Further Education Co-ordinator of First Campus at the University of South Wales, which organises and co-ordinates the event.  “By demonstrating to young people what entrepreneurship is all about in such a practical way, supported by role models and entrepreneurs from Big Ideas Wales and the South East Wales FE Enterprise Hub, we hope many of those taking part will consider starting their own business or working towards it as a career option.”

First Campus, the South East Wales Wales Reaching Wider partnership, raises the aspirations and Higher Education awarness of learners through activities and workshops which take place at Higher Education institutions.


Background:

Trading Places is a collaborative project between the FE Enterprise Hub and First Campus in partnership with the Morgan Quarter, NatWest, EE and the HE Enterprise Hub, and aims to develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes through practical experiences. It has been designed by the SE Wales YES Hub and First Campus to enhance links between education and industry inline with the Welsh Government's Youth Enterprise Strategy (YES) Action Plan for 2010-15.

This apprentice-style challenge is designed to encourage youth entrepreneurship among college students in South East Wales and aims to give students some real life enterprise experience.

Application Process:

After attending various workshops or talks hosted by the relevant College Enterprise Champion, college students are invited to attend the Enterprise Skills Day event.  120 students from the six colleges attended the Enterprise Skills Day event at Cardiff City Stadium where they undertook a number of entrepreuneurial challenges.  Thirty six students who had impressed the judges were selected to attend the Trading Places event.

Trading Places:

Trading Places is a three day event with the winning applicants from each of the six participating colleges spending the first two days at the University of Cardiff and University of South Wales; developing a sales strategy, sourcing products and designing their retail space. On the third day, with support and guidance from academics and industry experts, the students launch a pop up shop in Cardiff City Centre putting all of their knowledge and skills into practice.

The benefits of attending the event

  • Work with your peers, HE students and industry professionals in a real life experience.
  • Enhance your CV and personal statement
  • Gain an insight into the world of retail
  • Develop essential business skills including: Communication and Negotiation; Creative thinking and decision making; Marketing and advertising; Customer service; Buying and selling and Teamwork.

Trading Places is a collaborative project between the FE Enterprise Hub and First Campus in partnership with the Morgan Quarter in Cardiff, NatWest, EE and the HE Enterprise Hub and Big Ideas Wales, the Welsh Government’s campaign to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs in Wales.

Supported by NatWest and EE, Trading Places aims to develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes through practical experiences and has been designed by the SE Wales YES Hub and First Campus to enhance links between education and industry inline with the Welsh Government's Youth Enterprise Strategy (YES) Action Plan for 2010-15.

The Trading Place event has been running since 2012, have a look at the previous videos, they could give you a glimpse of what you can expect at this years' event.

Trading Places 2015-16 (8 minutes)

Trading Places 2014-15 (7 minutes)

2013-14 Mini documentary (10 minutes)

2013-14 Promotional Video (2 minutes)

2012-13 The Film(5 minutes)

Here's a few photos from the 2015 event...

The opening of the shop

Team Synergy 
Morganne Illett, Jack Burton, Alex Davies, Carwyn Flower, Cullen Nicholls, Georgia Swainson

Team Synergy

Team Identity

Natasha Parry, Gabriele Cammilleri, Megan Edwards, Jamie Callis, Chloe Parrish, Ben Smith

Team P2 

Sam Alexander, Joel Donovan, Freya Bois-Delahay, Rebecca Cope, Cory Marshall, Ahmad Reza-Ahadi-Pour

Team Elf

Chelsea Lewis, Kai Rees, Sophie Small, Kieran McGavin, Matthew Lewis-Richards, Mali Lewis

Team 5 is better than 6

Kelsey Bishop, Casey Chinnock, Efan Davies, Alex Cheeseley, Jessica Hornby

Team TLC

Tahlia Taylor, Owain Nicholls, Karolina Dobija, Gabrielle Gabrizi, Geraint Griffiths,Lloyd Morgan

2015 Award winners

More photos can be seen on the Facebook page if you wish to use any please contact me for a high resolution version and let Chris Webb know for what purpose you wish to use them.  firstcampus@southwales.ac.uk

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