College students have been getting a taste of the world of business.
Before breaking up for the summer holidays, seven Westwood College Year 12 Business Studies students took part in the Management Team Games held at Staffordshire University by CIPFA (Public Finance). Assuming roles of directors of a fictitious town council, the Leek students competed against other teams from Cheadle, Newcastle and Coventry. Their task was to reduce council spending by £5million, choosing from options including closure of a library, switching off CCTV or removing town floral displays.
A spokesman for Westwood College explained: "The team presented their proposal as a written report and a formal presentation to CIPFA volunteers who took their role play incredibly seriously. As in real life, they were interrupted by a number of tasks (such as an unhappy but influential local MP or an angry Trade Union representative) which had to be dealt with immediately by attending meetings, writing emails or issuing press releases. Everyone in the team worked collaboratively and contributed throughout the day, taking away from the experience an insight into the world of public finance.
"In addition, the students gained a real understanding of how management can face daily pressure of making key decisions under tight time scales, experience changing targets, sometimes, against fierce opposition. Sam Avlonitis won special recognition for his contribution during the day. Congratulations to all who took part in the Games."