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SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
MATTERS Victory for tech-savvy students
  Creative studies students at Clarendon Sixth Form Col- lege have been awarded a cheque for £2,000 by Digital Advantage, an education company to help make their proposed business idea a reality.
A team of ten students from the college came first in the company’s enterprise competition 2018 after creating ‘Heat’, a high-end fashion business.
Ezra Rushen, director and training manager at Digital Advantage, spent five days working with the students to help them design a pitch for the business.
The students created a website for their business,
a video pitch using their editing skills and used the photography studio at Clar- endon Sixth Form College to create high quality images of their potential products.
They also developed a
model app to demonstrate the potential for future growth in the digital sector.
The judges for the compe- tition final, which took place in May, were impressed with the students’ hard work and the depth of research which was gathered to create the pitch.
Ezra, said: “The students really embraced the cause and grew massively during the five days I worked with them. For us, as trainers that’s key. The judges saw that they had put a lot of effort into creating the different types of media
and delving into building a business model. Well done to the Clarendon Sixth Form College team.”
The annual enterprise competition is a nationwide initiative offering colleges and other education organ- isations the chance to win grants for their business
ideas. Now that the students have received their cheque, they will also receive support and guidance from Ezra and the Digital Advantage team on how best to maximise its benefit.
Ruth James, curriculum leader for creative studies
at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “This is a fan- tastic achievement for these students. They have done so well to go through the workshop, create all these amazing pieces to the puz- zle that have made ‘Heat’ and then gone on to win a national competition. That is something to be really proud of and that they can use to their benefit for the rest of their lives and careers.”
To find out more about creative studies subjects
at Clarendon Sixth Form College visit www.clarendon- or call 0161 908 6800.
TOP CLASS: Clarendon Sixth Form students show off their prize watched by Ezra Rushen, Ruth James and other members of the college’s creative studies team.
 Youngsters get their voices heard
 VOICE OF YOUTH: Emily and Jacob with Andy Burnham at the first Convention of the North.
Two of Tameside’s young represent- atives rubbed shoulders with political leaders as they debated key issues affecting the North.
Greater Manchester Youth Com- bined Authority (GMYCA) mem- bers Jacob Hirst and Emily Sykes were invited to take part in the first Convention of the North by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
They are members of Tameside Youth Council, supported by Tame- side Council’s Youth Service, which elected them to the GMYCA roles.
The event took place at the BAL- TIC Centre, Gateshead, and saw political and business leaders join representatives from unions, com- munity groups and other organisa- tions with the intention of creating a powerful new voice for the North.
The Convention will meet regularly
and speak for the North on important national and regional issues.
Those attending included the lead- ers of Newcastle, Leeds, Northum- berland, Durham, Kirklees, Chester, Manchester and Liverpool councils.
Jacob and Emily were asked to be part of a panel alongside Andy Burn- ham, who they thanked for inviting them, saying it was a great insight.
Emily, 17, a Clarendon College student from Dukinfield, said: “I attended to help get the youth voice heard on issues that affect us to make sure young people get a say and a good deal, as we’re here to help the future.
Jacob, 15, a Year 11 pupil at Stalybridge’s West Hill School, said: “When we arrived we sat on the first panel, where Andy Burnham announced our arrival and made
everybody aware of who we are and why we were there.”
Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Children and Families, said: “Jacob and Emily are great representatives for Tameside’s young people and this was a wonderful opportunity for them to meet and mix with political, business and community leaders and ensure that Tameside and our young people’s voices are heard on such important issues.”
Tameside Youth Council gives young people the chance to influ- ence local decision makers and meets fortnightly at Copley Youth Base. For more information visit Youth-Council. Schools wanting their young people involved can contact Melissa Hopwood on 0161 342 3799.

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