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GCSE Students Investigate Business Operations

Posted at 10:23 am on 11th December, 2018

Big Business

Year 11 students put their business brains to use when they visited real world retail operations in November to support their GCSE work.

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Peel Holding’s Trafford Retail Park invited the students to explore a range of operations, including retail and restaurants, and collate in-depth market research.

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Groups led by ‘Project Managers’ explored a range of operations and gathered information to create learning resources on retail locations, technological influences on business, efficiency and quality of customer service, human resources, and marketing.

Year 11 Oliver said:

“It was interesting to conduct research in all the different stores and look at the various factors in and outside the store.  I’ve learnt a lot more how stores are run and all the research we collected will help us understand and evaluate the business operations.”

As part of the day, Wellacre students met with Adam, Business Manager at McDonalds, at their restaurant on the retail park to quiz him on operational efficiencies at the popular food chain.

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Leo F added:

“In McDonald’s we learnt about efficiencies from the Business Manager and talked about how they apply this to the drive through operation.  

Overall, the most important part of the day is learning about how business compete to be efficient and successful in retail.”  

On their return to Wellacre, the GCSE group were also visited by Roisin Jones, Recruitment Manager from McDonald's to hear in detail about recruitment, retention and motivation.

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Miss Partridge, Assistant Principal and Teacher of Business, concluded:

“This was a wonderful opportunity to work with local employers and engage in real business issues. Students were able to reflect on the theories learnt in the classroom and apply them to current retail situations. The memories made today will help these students prepare for their mock examination in February.”

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