South Essex College Peter Jones students reach business final

A GROUP of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students from South Essex College made the final of this year’s Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Negotiation Challenge.

To reach the final, the students had to create a presentation film and upload it to YouTube.

The presentation had to demonstrate how they would negotiate in six different scenarios, including negotiating a better deal on a car and negotiating a discount on a meal.

CIPS chose six teams from different colleges to attend the final at Heathrow airport. The final negotiating task involved negotiating for plots of land.

The CIPS Challenge developed the students’ employability and negotiating skills. Plus it gave them a taste of the business world by experiencing presenting in front of a formal panel of business leaders.

Steve Newman, course leader, said: “I was very proud that the South Essex College team made the finals. The students’ hard work was recognised by Peter Jones CBE who delivered a personal message to congratulate the finalists. I am delighted that their efforts have been recognised in a national arena.”

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