Students will become real business professionals

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Tomorrow pupils from Oakgrove School are heading to Wembley Stadium, London, to compete in the National Final of the Coca-Cola Enterprises Real Business Challenge 2011, following their victory at the East Midlands regional final in November.

At the Real Business Challenge Final, pupils will spend the day responding to business challenges, coached by business professionals from Coca-Cola Enterprises. They will also meet special guest speaker, Tanni Gray-Thompson - Britain’s most successful Paralympics Athlete.

To mark the success of the students at Oakgrove School, their poster, designed as part of the challenge and aimed at encouraging recycling, has been professionally produced and will be displayed on a billboard on St John’s Street/Bedford Road Kempston from this Thursday. This will provide an opportunity for their work to have genuine impact on the local community.

Now in its ninth year, the Challenge is designed to give Year 10 students genuine business insight and experience, providing them with some of the skills and attributes needed in the work environment. The competition is linked to the national curriculum and accredited by Edexcel.

This year the competition has a strong theme of sustainability - a core aspect of the CCE business. The challenges focus on engaging students to think about sustainable business by coming up with creative ways to encourage people to litter less and recycle more in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The event takes place throughout the day on Wednesday, with new challenges set for the students in the morning. The 2011 champion will be announced in the afternoon, with prizes awarded to the winning students.