Hornchurch, Greater London. (PRWEB UK) 8 June 2014
Two students based at the Brentwood Innovation Centre in Brentwood High Street have been tasked with staging the annual summer BBQ for Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s prestigious event will be held at Ye Olde Plough House in Bulphan, Essex on Thursday, 19th June, from 6pm-9pm.
Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students Diana Johns and Sharné Mahoney have taken the lead in planning and delivering the entire project, taking responsibility for everything from booking the venue to selecting the speakers.
The speakers have been confirmed as Emily Chapman from Loud Monkey and Andrew Baggott from Adjustment Bureau, who will deliver tips on effective networking.
Havering College of Further and Higher Education became an approved centre to run Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (PJEA) courses last year and its first cohort of PJEA students will soon complete their qualification.
The Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship are designed to nurture young people with business ambitions by helping them set up a micro business as part of their course.
Diana, 20, from East Ham, said: "Being part of a team which is managing this event for Brentwood Chamber of Commerce has been amazing because it has helped to boost my confidence. It made me realise that I have some skills that I did not think I possessed - such as the ability to successfully negotiate with the venue."
Diana - who has set up a tailoring and wedding outfit alternation service named Time to Stitch - is progressing on to university to study accounting and finance.
Joint project manager for the event, Sharné, 18, from Canning Town, has her own online jewellery business.
She said: "I am looking forward to being self employed and hopefully a successful entrepreneur. Managing this event aimed at businesses is a great learning experience.”
Havering College PJEA curriculum manager Maxine Halford said: "I am proud of the way in which two of our Peter Jones students have risen to the challenge of organising this important event for Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. It has given them an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and team work skills as well as gaining a real understanding of event management, marketing, finance and negotiations."
Brentwood Chamber of Commerce marketing executive Paula Clark said: "Our summer BBQ is a marvellous networking opportunity not to be missed. We are delighted that students from the PJEA at Havering College are organising this on our behalf."
Tickets for the Chamber’s annual summer BBQ at Ye Olde Plough House in Bulphan, Essex on Thursday, 19th June, from 6pm-9pm are £20 for members (£25 non members) and are available from http://brentwoodchambers.co.uk/event/annual-summer-bbq/.
Applications are now being taken for the Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship starting at the Havering College Peter Jones Enterprise Academy this September. For details, call Havering College Threshold Services on 01708 462801or visit http://www.havering-college.ac.uk/.