Finalists of the Young Enterprise scheme’s Company Programme Competition were invited to experience what they might come to expect from their future careers when they presented their products to a panel of judges at Seco Tools in Alcester.

Taking on the roles of managing directors, finance directors, designers and marketers, the young people were tasked with running a company as it would operate in the real world – creating a product, selling it directly to customers and ultimately winding up the company and paying taxes.

The final result of months of hard work saw students aged 15-19 pitch their ideas a judging panel, before awards were presented by guest speaker Kufa Matiya, CEO of careers service provider In2Ambition.

Mr Matiya, said: “At In2Ambition, we work to deliver impartial and independent careers guidance to young people at schools and colleges across the UK. Too often we find that these young people have limited knowledge of the exciting careers available in the world of enterprise.

“Initiatives such as Young Enterprise are extremely important as they allow young people to gain much-needed experience, and most importantly an awareness of how exciting a career in enterprise can be.

We are great supporters of Young Enterprise and the way it allows students to try their hands at different roles – promoting what we believe is one of the most exciting career routes available.”

Rebecca Blasdale, regional coordinator at Youth Enterprise, said: “The standard of entries was extremely high this year and everyone involved should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. Of course there can only be one winner and this year Team Four IV from Stratford Girls’ Grammar School were selected. They will go on to represent the area at the county finals later this month.”