Aspirations Week 2012
Winning Floristry Students
Doncaster College's Academy of Commercial Enterprise has
hosted it's own version of The Dragons' Den and Master Chef and a
whole host of other events and activities as part of Aspirations
For the third year running, students from all programme areas of
the Academy have been involved in a variety of activities designed
to raise their aspirations and motivate them to consider the next
step in their career or in their education.
A snapshot of the activities across areas included body
painting, speed typing, visiting speakers from industry, workshops
and best in show competitions
At the ever popular Dragons' Den judges listened to innovative
ideas pitched by five groups of students from each of the Academy's
After much deliberation it was decided that the Floristry
students pitch would ultimately take the splendid glass trophy.
The successful students came up with the winning idea of a
colourful ‘Tool Belt’ to be worn around the waist in which
scissors, torches, pens and all manner of tools could be stored for
use when working with flowers or anything else for that matter.
To round off the week A Master Chef Challenge competition was
held in the college’s spacious kitchens and judged in the
Waterfront restaurant before an audience of students.
Two student chef teams and two lecturer teams, competing against
each other, had two hours to produce a three course meal consisting
of two portions of each.
It was a hard fought competition with a lot of pride at stake,
but the judges, who tasted the food without knowing who had cooked
it, George Trow, Principal and Chief Executive of Doncaster
College, Gill Parkes, Director of the Academy of Commercial
Enterprise, Richard Farthing, College Governor, and Nigel
Fox, College's Catering Manager, had an extremely hard decision to
After much deliberation the judges deemed that team three,
consisting of lecturers Simon French and Lisa Pyott, just pipped
the other three as winners.
Gill Parkes, said of Aspirations week: "It has been hugely
successful in opening students' eyes to a broad variety of
opportunities in their vocational areas and has been very
motivating for both staff and students as so much fun was had along
Doncaster College offers a wide variety of courses at varying
levels. Further details are available by calling 0800 358 7575 or
by visiting http://www.don.ac.uk/