22.10.2019

‘Dragons Den’ recreated with aspiring young inventors!

A number of NWCH Framework Partner, VINCI’s Ellesmere Port OPE project team recently changed their career for a day, stepping into the shoes of becoming in house ‘Dragons’.

Emulating Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones, the team judged pitches prepared by groups from Ellesmere Port’s local primary schools. The teams of inventors were given a brief to design a new eco-friendly form of transport whilst also utilising a shipping container.

The event was organised by Make It! Who set up initiatives with local councils, to inspire young children into the world of manufacturing. The challenge aims to encourage decision making, in which a virtual company is created with managing director, marketing manager and designer to devise, develop and create a brand identity for their product.

From ‘Bolt Bikes’ to H2O Go!’ children came up with a plethora of weird and wonderful transportation ideas and truly innovative solutions.

“Praise to VINCI for the enthusiasm and commitment to their roles as ‘dragons’ and great to have two members of their team who are fabulous examples of Ellesmere Port grown talent. The three events have been a great success in supporting the Ellesmere Port OPE project and encouraging future careers in the industry.”Leah Maltby, Senior Officer Employment and Skills Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council.


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