PUPILS studying at Henley High School had a chance to taste test the business world recently through an enterprise set up in partnership with Warwickshire County Council.
The Bluebell, Henley-In-Arden teamed up with Warwickshire's Education Business Partnership to provide year ten students at Henley High School with the opportunity to show off their skills via the scheme, set up to help prepare schoolchildren for the workplace.
Owner of the Bluebell, Leigh Taylor played host to 120 pupils and issued them with the challenge of organising a summer garden party that could be held at the popular pub and eatery.
Students were tested on exercises in food and industry knowledge and were invited to present to a judging panel the details of their party including a theme, budgets, menus and how they would promote the event.
The winning team, who designed a 20s style party, attended the Bluebell for a special cookery masterclass of one of their winning dishes, with head chef Ian Walsh. The prize dish will also be served to customers of the pub as a special on the menu.
Leigh said: "What a great way for local businesses to get involved with their employees of the future. We were so impressed at the calibre of work produced and the commitment and hard work from the students. It's definitely something we'd love to be part of again."
Vanessa Morris, area coordinator for the county council said: "We were delighted with the commitment shown by the young people and by our partners in the scheme, the Bluebell. I trust both parties got a good deal of benefit from it."