Students take on aspirational challenges

Doncaster College's Academy of Commercial Enterprise held its own Dragon's Den event as part of Aspirations Week. Pictured are some of the students who took part.
Doncaster College's Academy of Commercial Enterprise held its own Dragon's Den event as part of Aspirations Week. Pictured are some of the students who took part.

WOULD-BE entrepreneurs took part in a series of business-based competitions for a college project.

Doncaster College’s academy of commercial enterprise hosted it’s own version of television programmes Dragons’ Den and Master Chef as well as a whole host of other activities for its ‘Aspirations Week’.

Doncaster College's Academy of Commercial Enterprise held its own Master Chef event as part of Aspirations Week. Pictured (L-R) are: Nigel Fox, College's Catering Manager; Richard Farthing, College Governor; Simon French, winning lecturer; Gill Parkes, Director of the Academy of Commercial Enterprise; Lisa Pyott, winning lecturer; and George Trow, Principal of Doncaster College.

Doncaster College's Academy of Commercial Enterprise held its own Master Chef event as part of Aspirations Week. Pictured (L-R) are: Nigel Fox, College's Catering Manager; Richard Farthing, College Governor; Simon French, winning lecturer; Gill Parkes, Director of the Academy of Commercial Enterprise; Lisa Pyott, winning lecturer; and George Trow, Principal of Doncaster College.

The project, in its third year, is designed to raise the aspirations of students and motivate them into considering the next step in their career or education. 

The activities included body painting, speed typing, visiting speakers from industry, workshops and best in show competitions.

At the ever-popular Dragons’ Den activity, judges listened to innovative ideas pitched by five groups of students from each of the academy’s teaching sections.

The floristry team proved to be the bloomin’ best as they picked up the winning glass trophy for their tool belt that could hold scissors, torches, pens and other tools whilst gardening.

Rounding off the week was a Master Chef challenge in which two student chef teams and two lecturer teams competed against each other as they had two hours to produce a three-course meal consisting of two portions of each.

The winning team was a group consisting of lecturers Simon French and Lisa Pyott.