Given the right Working Knowledge people are motivated, teams are effective and organisations succeed.
The Working Knowledge Group exists to bridge the gap between education and the workplace. We help the people and organisations we work with to realise their potential and build capacity with innovative and engaging programmes that have long lasting positive impact. Working Knowledge's activities cover a wide spectrum, preparing young people for the workplace, including those in 14-19 Education and Higher Education, through to those already in work with Management Education.
TWKG Ran a three day event called The Plunge
What is The Plunge?
Essentially a cross between The Apprentice and Dragons Den, 'The Plunge' is a business challenge over three days involving students aged 14-19 years in Further and Secondary Education. This event takes students through the creation of a viable business idea and onto a series of group-based workshops in money, sales and marketing, people and operations. In essence, a series of innovative and highly interactive workshops that both simulate a real working environment while informing the students in business concepts and language.
Teams subsequently spend 15 minutes in each of four advisor meetings with business experts who evaluate teams on such characteristics as their presentation, negotiation. listening and teamwork skills. The Team then go on to pitch their business to a panel of judges.
David Rigby was one of the experts advising seven teams of six students undertaking the plunge advising on Vision, Leadership and Motivation. One of the key benefits from attending was the learning from sharing with other experts, watching the students develop was another.