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Students face Lion's Lair final

The South West Wales Lion’s Lair final took place recently at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.

A collaborative event organised by Gower College Swansea, Coleg Sir Gar, Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University, the competition is based on the popular TV show Dragon's Den and sees students pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges.

Students Suyamba Kumaresan, Jordan Allan and Tyler George Maddick did a fantastic job on the day, with Jordan being named a runner-up.

Enterprise Officer Lucy Turtle worked closely with the finalists with extra support from the college's student enterprise interns and last year’s winner, Joseph Horton.

“Joseph has been fantastic mentoring the finalists and sharing his experience and enthusiasm," says Lucy. "He paid a successful visit to Coleg Sir Gar to judge their internal final, which has resulted in a superb collaboration between the two colleges."

"Entering the Lion's Lair competition last year changed the way I think about my business," adds Joshua. "The prize money was a great help and allowed me to finish constructing my studio in a much smaller time frame than I'd originally planned. Since winning the competition I've continued to work in the Swansea area, most recently I've provided composition and recording services for a stage production at the Taliesin Theatre as well as preparing my debut EP 'Declaration' for release."

College Accountancy team reach semi-finals

Gower College Swansea Accountancy students Kelly-Marie Besley, Jemma Dryden and Rachel Pompa, who recently represented the college at the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Worldskills regional heat at Sketty Hall, have reached the semi-finals.

This is the first time a Welsh college has made the semi-finals, to be held in London on 11 May. As well as Gower College Swansea, Coleg Gwent has also reached the next stage.

"Over 60 teams from across the UK took part so this is an amazing achievement," says lecturer Paul Sizer. "Only the best teams from across all the regional heats are selected for the semi-finals and, if our team get through, the next step will be the final at The Skills Show in Birmingham on 14 - 16 November."

Pictured are Kelly-Marie, Jemma and Rachel with lecturer Angela Edwards at Sketty Hall

Former Money for Life winners judge national competition

Last year’s Money for Life winning team in Wales have been invited back to judge England’s final in London.

James Cookson, a Gower College Swansea IT student from the Tycoch campus, was the driving force behind the 2012 project, called The Money Maze.

A video game designed and produced to teach youngsters the importance of money management from an early age, The Money Maze was the team's first step towards creating a suite of games aimed at the education sector.

The national final will take place in London on Thursday 18 April.

“I am truly honored to be given this amazing opportunity to judge at this prestigious competition,” says James. "It will be an incredible experience."

Photo: Students James Cookson and Abu Kwider Amgad with TV presenter Ellie Crisell.

NEW COURSE: Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice

Starting 18th April, the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice is ideal for learners who wish to become mortgage advisors and move into the field of Financial Services.

It meets the educational standard required by the FSA for anyone wishing to achieve a ‘licence to practice’ and work as a mortgage adviser. 80% of mortgage advisers hold this qualification.

Matt prepares for Premier League run

Matt Rogerson, a Business lecturer based at the Gorseinon campus of Gower College Swansea, is undertaking an epic charity running challenge (running around 700 miles in 25 days) beginning at the end of March.

Setting off from Newcastle United, the plan is to run around the grounds of the 21 most successful Premier League sides of all time finishing at the Mecca of World Football, White Hart Lane, on April 20th which will allow Matt to take his place on the start line of Virgin London Marathon on April 21st.

Matt is running for three very good causes, Breakthro Llanelli, the British Heart Foundation and the Bobby Moore fund.

Enterprise stars celebrate award

A group of A Level Business and Economics students from Gower College Swansea are celebrating after being named runners-up at the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge 2013 finals in Cardiff.

Competing against students from 20 colleges across Wales, Zoe Jagoe-Williams, Abigail Jeffreys, Jordan Allan, Jordan Brace, Bryony Hopkins, Jack Govier and Megan Prince - who are all studying at the Gorseinon campus – had 24 hours to develop a business idea, detailed business plan and cash flow proposal before they returned the following day to present their final proposition to a panel of experts.

“Our task was to develop a product or service that can help those experiencing poverty and create jobs for young people,” explains Abigail. “Our idea was to develop a catering facility called ‘The Food Lab,’ which takes a contemporary approach to innovative cooking. This helps young unemployed people to develop skills, not only in cooking, but also in communication and teamwork. This was a great experience which helped to improve my own skills in public speaking, which will be extremely useful for me in the future. Getting through to the final and placing runner up was very rewarding.”

“The team submitted a very thorough business plan based on a unique and innovative idea,” adds Enterprise Officer Lucy Turtle. “They had been mentored at college by a range of Dynamo role models, who worked with them to develop their presentation skills and strategies for overcoming nerves. I’m so proud of them and hope this opportunity will help them in their future careers."

The Global Enterprise Challenge is a Welsh Government endorsed scheme designed to encourage entrepreneurial spirit and vision among young people.

Photo shows Kanya King MBE, founder of the MOBO Awards, presenting the students with their award.

Enterprising students eye Cardiff finals

A group of A Level Business and Economics students are heading to Cardiff to represent Gower College Swansea at the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge 2013 final.

The Global Enterprise Challenge is a Welsh Government endorsed scheme designed to encourage entrepreneurial spirit and vision among young people. 

Once they reach Cardiff, the students – Zoe Jagoe-Williams, Abigail Jeffreys, Jordan Allan, Jordan Brace, Bryony Hopkins, Jack Govier and Megan Prince, who are all studying at the Gorseinon campus – will have 24 hours to develop a business idea, detailed business plan and cash flow proposal before they return the following day to present their final proposition to a panel of experts.

In preparation for this event, they have been working closely with the college’s Enterprise Officer Lucy Turtle and local entrepreneur Ben Harrison. Ben, a student at Swansea University, is a founder of Mango Bikes and also won TV’s ‘Be Your Own Boss’ competition in 2012. He has been giving the group tips on marketing, business acumen and presentation skills.

“This is a really smart, switched-on group and they presented very well at the college finals at Tycoch,” says Ben. “They think about the right things and understand what business is all about, even without much hands-on business experience, which is very impressive. They are really driven and mature and clearly have the ability to go on to run businesses in the future, so I’m really excited to see how they perform in Cardiff.”

Notes:

The Global Enterprise Final 2013 takes place on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March.

Pictured (l-r) are: Abigail Jeffreys; Zoe Jagoe-Williams; Jordan Allan; Jack Govier; Megan Prince and Bryony Hopkins.

A new name in training and development

A brand new name in training and development has arrived in Swansea.

GCS Training* offers an extensive and flexible business portfolio which includes professional courses, higher education, vocational learning, apprenticeships and continuous professional development.

Many courses are unique to GCS Training in the South West Wales area and all are delivered by industry professionals who have worked extensively in the sector in which they teach. This enables them to put theories into practice, offering a real insight into the skills and knowledge needed to have an impact in today’s competitive business world.

“GCS Training can positively impact on productivity, staff, the quality of the product or service and, ultimately, the bottom line,” says Director of Skills, Innovation and Enterprise Bryan Vines. “By listening to what our customers want we can ensure we’re offering the right training package. We can also tailor bespoke training just for them, making sure their specific requirements are met.”

Various funding streams are available and the team can advise on the best options for each business.

GCS Training was officially launched at the Liberty Stadium on 13 January. Coinciding with the Ospreys v Leicester game, the launch also saw contributions from The Performance Factory and 96.4FM The Wave.

For more information please contact 01792 284400 or visit the GCS Training website.

ENDS

Notes:

* GCS Training was formerly known as The Business College.

Training is provided in the following sectors:
• Advice and Guidance
• Business and Administration
• Contact Centre
• Customer Service
• Drug and Alcohol Awareness
• Engineering and Manufacturing
• Financial Services
• First Aid
• Health and Safety
• Health and Social Care
• Hospitality, Catering and Cleaning
• Housing
• Leadership and Management
• Learning and Development
• Licensed Trade
• Lift Truck (RTITB)
• Retail
• Security
• Test Centre
• Warehousing and Storage

Brand new Enterprise Interns for college

Gower College Swansea has appointed four brand new Enterprise Interns for the academic year. They are:

Gorseinon campus
Abigail Jeffreys and Zoe Jagoe-Williams

Tycoch campus
Paul Carter and Naomi Smythe

The interns will work closely with Lucy Turtle in Enterprise to organise / support events and activities in the college.

Photos by Geraint Rhys Vaughan, BTEC Diploma in Entrepreneurship.

Official launch for Entrepreneurship Academy Wales

A first-of-its-kind Academy for young entrepreneurs is to be officially launched in Swansea.

The Entrepreneurship Academy Wales will be launched in the presence of Edwina Hart AM on 8 October at the Innovation Foundry (Dylan Thomas Centre.)

The free, one year programme leads to a BTEC qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and is open to aspiring young business leaders aged between 16 and 19 from across Wales.

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