• Confident Choices


Over 600 Year 11 students from five schools in Boston put their skills to the test as they took part in a National Enterprise Challenge just before Christmas. Organised by the Boston Confident Choices cluster, with the support of LincHigher and facilitation by The Inspirational Learning Group, the days were judged to be successful in helping students appreciate the range of soft skills required for career success.

Pupils from Haven High Academy, Boston Grammar School, Thomas Middlecott Academy, William Lovell Church of England Academy and Giles Academy were split into mixed teams of six and had to design a product that they would make out of recycled Air Products gas cylinders.

A select number of teams had to present to the room and a winner was chosen on each day by a judging panel, consisting of a local employer and members of the LincHigher team.

Winning teams suggested that the gas cylinders could be turned into wind turbines and beehives.

The challenge was identified by the Boston Confident Choices cluster as being of relevance to Boston students: to raise students’ confidence, build on teamwork and communication skills and, to help bridge the transition for Year 11 students to mixed sixth forms, having teams made up of students from different schools.

The event also provided students with some meaningful exposure to employers: LEP Enterprise Advisers were able to send Micronclean to the first day and the Lincolnshire Showground on the second day; the STEM Ambassadors Network sent a representative from BAE Systems on the final day. Each day was also supported by LiNCHigher’s university ambassadors, whilst the second day included support from Boston Grammar School’s Sixth Form students.

Thanks to LincHigher for the majority of this article