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18.01.2013
Uxbridge College students go from the Classroom to the Boardroom with TfL

 

Entrepreneurs in Action have delivered their ‘classroom to boardroom’ programme to students at Uxbridge College. This programme is part of TfL skills strategy to engage more schools and colleges to develop key business skills and connecting the classroom with real business. Involved meeting a challenge set by Transport for London involving real problems faced by decision makers at Transport for London’s Chief Engineer and his team set the challenge which involved students working in a team to come up with innovative ways in which the Variable Message Signs can update information for drivers. Variable Message Signs are a roadside sign which display traffic related information and was first installed on England’s motorways in the 1970’s.

 

The challenge set by TfL was one of the toughest challenges we have seen from a company, remarked CEO Derek Browne, CEO of Entrepreneurs in Action.

 

The students spent a number of days in teams working on developing a range of innovative solutions.

 

On the Friday, the students presented their ideas to audience of 30 plus executives from TfL and a range of partners.

 

We were glad to hear the praise from Uxbridge College in helping their students develop their talents. Loraine Collins, Executive Director for Enterprise and Development at Uxbridge College, told us that “The students have grown so much over the course of the week that even some of them have been unrecognisable form when we first introduced the programme to them.”

 

Feedback from students showed that every single one of them felt that the programme had helped both in their school learning and their future employment prospects.

  • Having a chance to do a presentation in front of influential people was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
  • Another student was pleased with what they had been able to gain that day. “The critical thinking skills. Now I’ll be able to use them in everyday life.

Representatives of TfL were also impressed with the talent that the students showed.

  • Pam Manning part of the TfL Information and Enforcement Team had this to say,“The presentations today about VMS in the future and innovative ways, I was blown away; amazing. Fantastic well done

The programme has had a marked improvement in 3 key areas important in today’s marketplace. Presenting to others, accountability and working as part of a team.

 

We here at EiA wish the very best to the Uxbridge students and their future employment.

 

If you would like to hear more about our programmes, please contact info@theeia.com or click on this form and someone will be in touch with you.


 
 
 
 
 

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