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Jun 29, 2021

Challenge immerses pupils

Pupils from Otago Girls’ and Queen’s High schools in Dunedin are spending three days immersed in the world of business.

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The Otago Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), is hosting the Otepoti Rangatahi Business Challenge at the University of Otago’s Business School this week.

The three-day course, which started yesterday, aims to encourage young people to learn about business and enterprise.

The challenge is run in five regions throughout the country each year.

It is the first time the programme had come to Dunedin. It brought together 20 Year 10 pupils from the two schools.

Yesterday, the pupils looked at real-world business cases and were put into groups to create business ideas that will be presented to a panel of local businesspeople tomorrow afternoon.

During the programme, pupils would develop work-ready skills through a series of business-related activities and connecting with local Maori entrepreneurs, YES head of Maori engagement Ian Musson said.

"The goal is to really introduce what entrepreneurship can be for them," Mr Musson said.

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