15 October 2016 was the day that the brilliant ELMI College 2016 N5 students, with the help of their tremendously dedicated lecturers, hosted a fantastic second annual ELMI College Market and Open Day. It’s the first time in our history that we’ve held the open and market days together – and it was superb! The event was held on our very own campus in Upper Oxford Street.
The purpose of the Market Day was to expose the students to the practical side of the business studies and entrepreneurship module in their curriculum. They were put to the test by drawing up business plans, sourcing capital, implementing their business ideas and selling to the East London community. The Open Day presented an opportunity for potential students to be shown our friendly campus by the Dream Team (AKA ELMI College staff) and introduce some of the cool study options available for full time and part time in 2017.
Although the Market Day forms part of the practical element of their studies, the build up to as well as the actual day also served to empower the students and help them realise that they can indeed do great things. The Dream Team does everything with love; we believe in the power of the tool that is education, but education on its own is not enough. So we assist by facilitating, advising and guiding the students to see that their business ideas flourished; taking the classroom educational component into the real world to further empower and uplift them. We believe in teaching how to think, not what to think. Let’s face it, our country needs entrepreneurs and innovators. We know that a well thought out, practical, skills development component is imperative to the success of our students.
There were also external stall holders as part of the day. They had loads of fun and made good money too. Lazy Days provided entertainment for the day. We did indeed have good times, good vibes and good jams.
We’re so proud of our students and the way in which they’re committed to making their dreams come true. Taking ownership of what’s theirs and making the most out of the resources and opportunities presented to them. They pulled out all the stops selling delicious treats, funky crafts and washing cars.
If you missed it, don’t fret, you can catch us in 2017, it’s only going to get bigger and better each year.