Four A-level students from Dolgellau represented Grŵp Llandrillo Menai in the Welsh Skills Competitions on 12th February. 

Trinity Leahy, Ceri Jones, Erin Aled, and Gwenno Thomas, all students at Dolgellau campus, competed in the 'Enterprise' competition this year, challenging fellow students across Grŵp sites for the chance to compete nationally in Pierhead, Cardiff. The four students successfully made it through to the next round in South Wales and represented the Grŵp where they faced nine other groups from across Wales. 

The team 'Enterprise' competition was designed to challenge the entrepreneurial skills of all participants. The scope of the competition enabled learners to develop and put into practice a variety of skills that are required to be a successful entrepreneur. Competitors taking part in this competition were required to demonstrate that they could generate ideas and spot opportunities, work as part of a team and think creatively and innovatively. 

The four Dolgellau learners received a brief asking them to identify ways to promote and support the mental health and wellbeing of 16-25-year-olds. They were asked to think of a product or service that raises awareness of mental health issues, including ways to change attitudes towards mental health by tackling stigma and discrimination by proposing ways to improve understanding of mental wellbeing. The teams were required to submit a business plan, a marketing plan and a cash flow forecast for their innovative idea. On the day of the final heat, each team had five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, followed by five minutes of questions and answers by the judges. Teams were also given one hour to complete a challenge called the 'wobble', which was an external environmental factor, beyond the control of the students, which could have a potential positive or negative impact on their business idea.

Their work during this challenge counts as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate course. The competition judges were impressed by the fact that the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai team presented all their work in Welsh, they were the only team to do so.

Catrin Roberts, the A-level Co-ordinator at Dolgellau campus, said,

The experience provided an opportunity for the students to think strategically as a team and to take inspiration from other young people throughout the competition. We're very pleased with our students' performance and will certainly give the challenge another go next year as it was such a beneficial experience for them.

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