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Students at The Sheffield College impress with pitches to Westfield Health

PJEA students from The Sheffield College were recently invited to give presentations to senior managers at Westfield Health, a local health insurance company, as part of their course unit on relationship marketing. 

The day started with a tour of Westfield Health’s facilities and then the students were divided into groups to present their findings about the company to a panel of its senior managers. All of the students were given feedback on what they did well and how they could improve their presentations and given tips on how to apply what they had learned to different business situations, such as job interviews.

Two of the students stood out for their presentation skills – Molly Buckley and James Beaumont – but all of the students impressed the judges. 

Speaking about the opportunity, Victoria Anett, teacher at The Sheffield College, was keen to highlight the benefit of presenting externally rather than solely in a classroom. 

Victoria said: “The students did find themselves working a bit harder because they knew they were presenting to successful businessmen and women rather than in a classroom environment.

“Of course, they are taught about presenting by our experienced PJEA teachers at the college, but it was wonderful for them to test what they know in a real-life scenario, and to hear feedback and advice from people who might one day be future employers or investors.” 

Alongside improving their presentation skills, several students used the opportunity to explore the possibility of a career with Westfield Health, securing work experience placements or apprenticeships with the company. 

Today is the last day to apply for the Peter Jones Enterprise Awards!

If you’re at a PJEA college and would like to apply for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award, or any of the other awards, please speak to your tutor or BEM for more information. 

Award categories include:

  • Level 2 Student of the Year
  • Level 3 Student of the Year 
  • Inspirational Student of the Year 
  • Tutor of the Year 
  • Business Enterprise Manager of the Year 
  • National Entrepreneur of the Year