Lincolnshire students and businesses shine at Project Lumen Celebration Event

In only its first year, more than 4,000 students from across Lincolnshire have been involved in Project Lumen, which culminated in a celebration and awards event, held at the University of Lincoln’s Engine Shed on 6 July.

Organised by Lincoln-based social enterprise, The EBP, Lincolnshire students have been busy working on real-life enterprise challenges set by Branston Ltd, Hill Holt Wood, LIVES, St Barnabas Hospice, Eminox and Hexadex.

The celebration event, supported by the University of Lincoln, saw nine school teams competing to become the winners of the Project Lumen Enterprise Challenge. 16 local businesses also attended the event to talk to students about possible career opportunities. After the school teams presented their challenges to an expert judging panel, Paula Bailey, Schools Team Leader at The EBP, took to the stage to announce the winners. Boston’s Haven High Academy was named the overall winner with their impressive Branston Ltd business challenge, designing a chiller cabinet potato-based product with a special appeal for young people. Old Leake’s Giles Academy came in second place and Louth’s King Edward VI Grammar School were third.

Project Lumen was supported by a major investment fund created by The Careers & Enterprise Company, forming part of a national scheme to help prepare nearly a quarter of a million 11-18 year olds across England for the world of work.

The enterprise challenges formed the centrepiece of Project Lumen which has also incorporated business-led events for parents and teachers, all to raise awareness of careers and opportunities for our county’s students.

Verity Timmins, Head of Business Growth at The EBP commented: “The celebration event highlighted just how engaged our students are with local businesses. Thousands of young people in Lincolnshire have benefited from Project Lumen over the last 12 months and after such a successful first year we are delighted to continue the project into the future, enabling many more young people to benefit from these valuable business interactions.”

The project was also supported by Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Lincolnshire Outreach Network. 

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