Students get set for Trading Places Enterprise Competition


For the fifth year running, students from The College Merthyr Tydfil will have the opportunity to participate in the Trading Places ‘apprentice-style’ enterprise challenge.

Co-ordinated through the South-East Wales Regional Enterprise Hub, the competition will see the students compete in a series of business and enterprise activities and tasks, prior to running their own pop-up shops in the Morgan Arcade, Cardiff.

The competition, which began with an Enterprise Skills Selection Day at Cardiff City Stadium saw over 20 of the college’s students compete with students from colleges across South East Wales, to demonstrate their business and enterprise skills with the hope of being selected to progress to the next stage of the event.

Of the students participating, six have now successfully progressed on to the next stage taking place from 13th – 15th December. This final three day event will see them developing business plans and sales strategies and designing a retail space before launching a pop up shop in the Morgan Arcade on Thursday 15th December.

Supported by NatWest and EE, the event will provide a range of stimulating and challenging workshops centred around the key aspects of the ACRO ‘Understanding entrepreneurship Model’ encouraging students to think strategically and innovatively about the skills required to run a successful business - including attitude, creativity, relationships and organisation.


The students, who are studying BTEC level 2 and 3 Business Studies are really excited about the prospect of taking part in next week’s challenge.

Level 3 student Tia Greenaway, who previously studied at Cyfarthfa High School, commented “I am really excited about the prospect of taking part in the Trading Places Challenge. It will be a very new experience for me and I hope that it will give me the added confidence and skills to help me progress on to university at the end of my studies.”

Level 2 Business student Louis Nettleingham, former Bishop Hedley Catholic High School, commented "I'm really looking forward to the Trading Places Initiative. I'm hoping that it will provide me with the opportunity to learn business ideas for my future."


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