The Apprentice finalist inspiring Burnley students to pitch their own business ideas for products that could prove vital in the pandemic
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Burnley College Sixth Form Centre is working with Adam Corbally, who started speaking professionally in 2012, after he reached the final where enterprising individuals battle it out in a series of projects and challenges to be taken under the wing of business magnate Lord Alan Sugar.
After his appearance on the show Adam became a professional speaker focusin on his story, when he left home and school at 16, with no qualifications and no hope, managing to turn his life around to become a financial success although more importantly accomplish happiness and fulfilment in his own life.
Adam is helping students to run an innovative competition called Project Enterprise 2020 where more than 12 teams of between two and six students – both A' level and advanced vocational - have each have been pitching their ideas on a product, or service, that could be used during the Covid-19 period.
They are all in with a a chance of winning £250 and the opportunity to be mentored by business guru and motivational speaker Adam himself.
Adam said: “From the work I’ve done over the years with Burnley College Sixth Form Centre, I know that staff and students alike place importance on those vital life skills, such as self-motivation and showing initiative, that are not just learnt in the classroom.
"These are the skills that set Burnley College students apart when they’re looking for places at top universities or with leading employers.
"I’ve designed Project Enterprise with that in mind and hope it’s a win-win for our teams so they can benefit from expert coaching from staff and myself while working as a team to pull together an exciting and innovative idea.”
Adam has a close working relationship with Burnley College, inspiring and motivating students and Themis Apprentices during the ollege’s annual careers week and regular student development days. The engaging activity for students on lockdown will help them develop attributes valued by universities and employers alike, including resilience, self-confidence, team-working and communication skills.
He added: “We are thrilled at the response.
" Project Enterprise 2020 went live in a google classroom and teams were able to watch a couple of videos I’d put together. They’ve had the task and brief now in detail which gives them plenty of tips on how to present their ideas and produce a five-minute pitch and a 90 second advert for their product or service.”
In addition to individual support from Adam, college tutors are also available online to provide
advice and guidance. Adam’s fellow judges are Assistant Principal Angela Donovan and Director of
Themis Neil Burrows.
Angela said: “Instead of counting the days until we hear from the Government that we can return to college, we are committed to making our students’ days at home count.
"Staff are working tirelessly to give our students as many opportunities as possible during this time – from
continuing classes online, offering the individual academic support for which we are renowned, providing a range of online extra-curricular activities and, of course, round-the-clock health and wellbeing support.
“At Burnley College Sixth Form Centre we are committed to playing our part in creating well-rounded members of society, those young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow and change their chosen industries or communities.
"Project Enterprise is just one of the ways that work is continuing during Covid-19.
“The winning team will see their ideas come to life and will also benefit from Adam’s experience. Having a long-term mentorship like this is an amazing opportunity – it’s a safe space where no idea or question is wrong, where you can talk freely and really grow your knowledge and confidence, voice your concerns and flesh out your idea