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Business Facilitation Workshop with Urban Land Institute

5 May 2023

The Business Studies department at Westminster City School hosted business experts and facilitators from Urban Land Institute who delivered a workshop to students in Years 10 and 12 who are studying Business Studies.

The workshop involved students constructing their own hypothetical town as well as visualising the future of the town they created, ensuring that it is economically sustainable and it enhances the well-being of residents and workers.

Students worked in groups of six and each member of the group were assigned different roles such as Head of Planning and Head of Environment, only to name a few. Each group members were responsible for how the town was constructed, thus looking at return for investors as well as key financial goals using the finance app to assist with their planning.

Once the groups completed their construction work, they were then given the task of pitching their ideas to the industry experts who formed a ‘council’, showing that they care about their development as well as sharing their project vision, focusing on the USP. To ensure that students gave their very best presentations, top tips were shared with them which explained the importance of maintaining eye contact, displaying positive body language and making a good first impression.

To conclude the day, students received career advice from industry experts who reminded them that they are in the most amazing part of London, where everything is accessible to them. They were encouraged to “grab hold of the opportunities available, and not to be afraid of making the wrong decisions” and take the initiative to find out more about the companies in their locality.

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