Out-of-the-box Thinking for The North School Outreach Session

Kent Business School Outreach Department were delighted to have The North School in Ashford visit KBS this month, to inspire the minds of Year 12 Business Studies students.

Outreach Officer Brendan Hammond welcomed The North School to KBS on Wednesday 3 November – which educates 1200 students – with a team of KBS colleagues and student ambassadors for an action-packed session and rounded off with a green-inspired business idea challenge.

‘Drop Everything and Let’s Get Down to Business’ asked teams of students to come up with a business idea that incorporated a number of sustainability goals – such as responsible production and consumption and green energy, amongst others.

The students produced a range of varied and exciting concepts but the sole winner was an idea for ‘kinetic trainers’  – shoes that, when worn, can charge everyday batteries.

Feedback from students showed their enthusiasm and engagement towards the visit:

“It was an amazing and fun course where I was able to let my creativity thrive. I learned a lot about Digital Marketing and it was informative and interesting,” – North School Student

Brendan, who has led KBS’ outreach department for the past year was pleased with how the event was received by the sixth form students.

The Outreach Programme is a vital part in Kent Business School’s mission as it aims to support students and help them to consider that higher education is a viable and progressive option. The programme targets any discrepancies in the take-up of higher education opportunities between a variety of under-represented students.

For more information about the Outreach Programme or if you would like your school to get involved, email b.hammond@kent.ac.uk

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