STUDENTS earned valuable tips about the world of work at a careers event.
Around 200 pupils at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, were given advice on how to run their own firms before dividing up into teams and forming their own business plan to design and build windfarms.
The Year 10 students then put their ideas into practice by building their own model turbines.
Energy company EDF, which was among the organisations to support the event, handed out £500 in prize money to the best overall groups.
Careers manager Sue Sheldrick said afterwards: “The event was really challenging and brought the best out of the students.
“They listened to our guests before dividing up into teams and coming up with business plans, ideas on how to market the windfarm and whether there was any environmental impact.
“It was a worthwhile day and taught them about working life and working together in teams.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part and EDF for putting up the prize money.”
Among the other organisations to help were town business C & A Pumps and Engineering, Hartlepool Borough Council,Hartlepool College of Further Education and training body RTC North.
Pam Hargreaves, the chairman of the Hartlepool branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, was also among the speakers.
The event was organised as part of the school’s science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) studies.