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Enterprise in action

We believe that entrepreneurial behaviours and mindsets are essential to success in our fast-paced world. A shared culture of enterprise develops confident, work-ready people. By being more enterprising we can also better shape our own future and enable our learners to shape theirs.

This is why we put enterprise and employability at the heart of teaching, learning and assessment, so our students can allso develop real-world skills which help them to succeed in employment, business and in life.

Here are some of the ways we are putting enterprise into action:

  • Learning companies – curriculum areas run as commercial operations, providing students with qualifications and access to real-world learning
  • Student start-ups – we create opportunities for students to start their own businesses through funding and a business incubation programme
  • 4one1 – our further education curriculum model stretches and challenges our students’ learning and applies it to real-world environments through enterprise-centred projects
  • Ambassadors – we encourage our teaching and business support staff, and others from the local business community, to become ambassadors who can mentor new student businesses and develop college-wide enterprise initiatives
  • Gazelle membership – we work with other, like-minded further education providers through the Gazelle Group of Colleges. As one of the founder members of Gazelle we are providing new opportunities for our students and helping to influence key decision makers
  • Talent Team – students can also gain paid employment within the college environment by joining the Talent Team. As Talent Team members students support internal and external events, as well as providing commercial services which generate revenue for our Student Fund

Watch this video to find out how City of Oxford Hospitality and Catering students were involved in the successful 2014 Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards.