At Grainville we actively encourage students to develop their entrepreneurial skills as part of the Channel Islands Student Business Challenge, and at KS4, as part of the V.Cert in Business and Enterprise. We also hold an annual enterprise day and work alongside Barclay’s International adopting their Life Skills programme. We recognise the importance of skills for the world of work. Business leaders look for creativity, initiative, resilience, good communication, IT and problem solving skills and experiences. At Grainville we promote these skills through a variety of learning opportunities within the curriculum and our enrichment and leadership programmes.
Student Business Challenge Years 7-11
Grainville was one of two Jersey schools that began the Channel Islands Student Business Challenge (CISBC) in 2011. Sponsored by Ogier, EY, Barclays and Sure, student teams develop a business idea and take this to ‘market’ using the start up fund of £100. Each team has 10 weeks to turn their business idea into a reality, and in doing so, making a profit. Any profit belongs to the students although many gift parts of this to local and national charitable organisations. Each year approximately 40-50 students at Grainville run their own mini-business as part of the CISBC.
To find out more about the Student Business Challenge https://www.studentbusinesschallenge.com/
V.Cert in Business and Enterprise Years 10-11
Students in Year 10 and 11 can opt to study the V.Cert in Business and Enterprise. This two year course has a GCSE equivalence and is taught at Digital Jersey in St Helier. The course was co-constructed with business leaders and entrepreneurs and enables students to run their own business as part of the Year 11 course. Students gain first hand experience from leading professionals in finance, marketing and from entrepreneurs. Business Studies is also taught as an option in school, but the V.Cert is delivered in a very adult and business like-environment, with key inputs from the business community in Jersey.
Enterprise day Year 9
Students have a day working with local business leaders to solve problems and promote their ideas through team building opportunities. All Year 9 students work collaboratively under the guidance of a business mentor to identify problems and create solutions, presenting their refined ideas to a large audience.