Running a virtual business has proven just as challenging and rewarding as the real thing for a group of Year 10 students at Eden Marine High School.
The five students were presented with a Certificate II in Business on Tuesday following a year spent developing and marketing a virtual product of their choice – pottery.
Meeting fortnightly, the project was led by Campbell Page employee Shannon Woloshyn with support of her colleague and ceramicist Alex Dalton and wood sculptor Peter Berenguer of Pambula.
Along with developing creative pottery skills, the students learnt about all aspects of running a business from setting up an office, accounting, customer relations and marketing.
“We didn’t make much money but we learnt a lot,” Brent Andrews said.
“I liked learning a bit about everything, especially how to deal with customers.”
Liam Barry enjoyed all aspects of the course and discovered a new talent for pottery.
Hannah Hawkes felt empowered after learning how to set up a business.
Ms Woloshyn said the inaugural, national program delivered valuable skills and qualifications to the teens.
“The students got some good skills out of it and the certificate is a valuable stepping stone to other things like further business studies confidence with customers and colleagues.
“Being able to be hands on, as well as do the buying and selling gave them a different environment to explore.”