Sixth Form Foundation Learners from local school, King James's School have been getting the V.I.P treatment at Toyota Knaresborough.
The students are taking part in the Young Enterprise Career Building programme. The programme is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity. This charity aims to forge the connection between the two different worlds of school and work by helping young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed in the wider world. The Team Programme that our students are participating in designed to aid the transition from education into independent living for students with learning difficulties. The programme encourages the students to come together and work as a team to set up and run a business or social enterprise. Each student takes on a role and is then responsible for that area of the business.
Our students started off with fantastic enthusiasm and held a car wash in order to raise the money to start their business. It was a great success and they raised £100 that day and even washed one of our treasured Toyota Prius vehicles. Darren, General Sales Manager from Toyota Knaresborough, was very impressed with the students and especially pleased with the fine job they did of cleaning the car. He was so impressed that he invited the students to visit our dealership to have a better look at how our business works to see if they can apply some of the same principles to their own business.
The students had a grand tour of the dealership and saw where each department is located and had an introduction as to how each department fits into the day to day life at the dealership. Darren then spent time with the students explaining our business model and some of the values that they can take forward into their own business, one of the most important being teamwork. The students had plenty of questions for Darren and he was more than happy to answer them all. the students particularly enjoyed viewing all of the Toyota vehicles that we have in our showroom. The Toyota GT86 was a firm favourite, Father Christmas may have a few on his lists this year!
We hope the students enjoyed their visit to Toyota Knaresborough, Darren in particular really enjoyed meeting you all. We can’t wait to hear how their business grows from here, it's clear to see that they all have bright futures ahead of them.