Straight Ltd welcomed a group of Year 7 students from South Leeds Academy into the Boardroom of their riverside offices to take part in a project designed to assist schools situated in challenging areas.
The class of 11 to 12 year olds took part in the ‘Enterprising Days’ scheme, a venture designed by star of The Apprentice , Claire Young, to educate and inspire young people with business related tasks such as: product development; brainstorming ideas; customer service; marketing, social media and use of the web.
Seven groups were invited to pitch designs for a new recycling container to a panel of senior members of the Straight management team who evaluated the concepts and chose a winning and runner up team. As well as team awards, the Straight Ltd ‘dragons’ gave prizes for best logo, best slogan and best teamwork.
Winning entry was from Team Flawless who designed ‘The Hydro’, a wheeled bin with a ball wheel, a slow-close lid and solar powered compaction. The bin was to be made from card soaked in resin in order to keep it lightweight.
In second place was the ‘Green Buddy,’ a compacting bin with blades in the bottom to shred the contents, allowing for the storage of a larger volume of material. The group also introduced an incentive scheme with their product. People using this bin get a token to exchange for “nice stuff”.
Claire Young said,
“I was blown away by the creativity and professionalism of the year 7 students who visited Straight’s boardroom to pitch their ideas. They were confident, polite and overall really enjoyed the experience. I’m a great believer that it’s critical to give young people opportunities like this, have off site visits and a taste of the real world!”