Hellesdon

Inspiring ideas to attract visitors to Norfolk

Just Regional
Jan 31, 2013 2 mins read

Students from Hellesdon High School rose to the challenge of creating a new hospitality tourism business to draw visitors to the region.

More than 220 students worked in small groups to create a concept to impress the judges, with various ideas ranging from theme parks, to hotels, to tour organisers and package holidays. Some of the concepts included businesses run by the unemployed or ex offenders, and some specifically focussed on creating respite for careers of the disabled.

The students were supported by 20 local business mentors from an array of local employers, who gave their time to support the project.

The best overall project was won by the team Second Life, made up of year 9 students Molly Rush, Nadia Hamoudo and Amy Fulcher. This award was sponsored by Holiday Inn Norwich North. “The event was a great success and the young people showed such enthusiasm,” said Devin Grosse, general manager of the hotel. “It was great to influence so many people about our fantastic hospitality industry, especially just prior to them choosing their options for GSCEs next week. A truly inspirational day.”

The day also celebrated the individual achievement of students who showed leadership and creativity throughout the day. Jamine Notley and Millie Pardo-Sayer received the Best Individual awards, which was sponsored by Gasway Services.

“Participating at the Inspired-Youth Enterprise events has proved a very rewarding experience both in terms of making a positive contribution to young students, who are our potential future workforce, and the inspiration these young people give to business mentors,” said Barry Ellis, director of Gasway Services. “I believe the challenges throughout the day give students a valuable insight into the variety of skills employers are looking for when they leave school.”

The students gave feedback on the impact the day had on them with 97pc of them saying they valued the input of the mentors and 88pc saying they had gained new skills.

The Inspired Youth project was founded two years ago to create better engagement between local employers and local schools, and is currently visiting 10 schools across the region. More details on how to get involved in the Inspired Youth project, and the schools participating this year, can be found on the projects website www.inspired-youth.co.uk

Best Project: Sponsor Devin Grosse from Holiday Inn Norwich North with winners Molly Rush, Nadia Hamoudo and Amy Fulcher.

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