8th Dec, 2016

Solihull students hone business skills while raising money for cancer charities

Shaun Reynolds 16th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

BUSINESS students at The Sixth Form College Solihull have been raising money for charity and being assessed on their event planning skills.

As part of their course, BTEC business students organise charitable events in small groups – and this year they raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The students had to make all arrangement, promote their event and run it with ideas ranging from cake sales, sweet stalls, homemade indian food stalls, a car wash and a video gaming event.

In total, the events raised a combined £636.74 for charity.

Ruth Sharp, BTEC business teacher at the College, said: “I’d like to congratulate the students for their efforts.

“If you’ve never had to organise an event before, you don’t realise all the hard work that goes into it.

“This was a steep learning curve for the students, but they all rose to the challenge and made money for charity in the process.”

Fellow BTEC business teacher, Lisa Inkpen, said: “We prepared students for this event management unit of the course by asking staff here at the College who organise events to come in and talk to the students.

“This gave them an idea of all the things they need to think about when planning an event – from staffing to promotion and health & safety to budgeting.”