Melody Hossaini, former contestant on BBC’s The Apprentice, took this year’s Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge finalists to a special Enterprise Bootcamp organised by her company InspirEngage International.
Part of a series of follow up prizes to the competition, the enterprise-focussed workshop gave the 23 students from the five schools that finalised in the competition – St Bede’s Catholic Grammar School in Bradford, Harborne Academy in Birmingham, Langley Academy in Slough, Ladybridge High School in Bolton and Brondesbury College for Boys in London – a day to remember.
The students heard from Melody at first-hand about her experience in setting up her company and were given an opportunity to develop their own knowledge and skills across a range of areas linked to setting up and running a social enterprise.
“Was really impressed with the students’ progress – not only in their engagement but also their personal growth and consideration for each other.”
Commenting on the Bootcamp, Melody Hossaini, founder and CEO of InspirEngage International said:
“Really pleased to have worked with the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Finalists for a second year in delivering a taster InspirEngage Bootcamp! The Bootcamp covered life skills modules as well as a strong theme of social enterprise. This forms part of our work with schools on embedding social enterprise into the curriculum- a programme called ‘Social Enterprise Revolution!’
“Was really impressed with the students’ progress – not only in their engagement but also their personal growth and consideration for each other. Look forward to InspirEngage International and Mosaic working together again in future.”
Here’s what some of the students had to say about their day:
“Memorable, exhilarating and definitely a lot better than I thought.” – Abdulhamid Osman, Harborne Academy.
“InspirEngage International is a valuable enterprise for young people like us, Melody is a fantastic ambassador for social enterprises.” – Abrar Azad, Ladybridge High School
“This was a very different working environment I enjoyed it as well.” – Justin Pugh, Ladybridge High School
“It was Amazing!” – Francis, St Bede’s
“I’ve never done anything like it. It was unique.” – Dhanseet, Harborne Academy
“It was an amazing and unique experience, I need to do this again!” – Chabir Hussain, Ladybridge High School
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic, said:
“This was a unique opportunity for the students and provided them with really exciting way to develop their knowledge and skills from somebody who has a very successful story to tell. We are very grateful to Melody Hossaini and InspirEngage International for their time and support for the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge and to all of our sponsors.”
Mosaic would like to hear from businesses and individuals who want to be part of the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge 2015 to mentor secondary school students or provide support for the initiative.