Nelson and Colne College students triumph at Voltage Project

HIGH VOLTAGE: Winners Cyber Generation - back row, left to right, Luke Stone, Rob Thompson and Umberson Tedesco, and, front, Stephanie Rawcliffe and Madiah Hussain
HIGH VOLTAGE: Winners Cyber Generation - back row, left to right, Luke Stone, Rob Thompson and Umberson Tedesco, and, front, Stephanie Rawcliffe and Madiah Hussain

Nelson and Colne College is celebrating after its talented business students triumphed in Lancaster University’s Voltage Project for the third year running - bagging two awards!

The Voltage Project is a programme created by Lancaster University Students’ Union Volunteering Unit.

The aim is to encourage students to form their own social enterprise businesses which utilise the three Ps…people, planet and profitability.

The business studies department at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form enjoys outstanding success in this competition, having won awards for the past three years.

This is the second consecutive year that students have won the top award - Outstanding Social Enterprise! However, the college was thrilled to discover that the team had won two awards – including the Positive Impact award!

This year’s team, called “Cyber Generation”, is formed of advanced level BTEC National Diploma Business students Luke Stone, Rob Thompson, Steph Rawcliffe, Madiah Hussain and Umberto Tedesco. Together they developed a project which saw them delivering technology lessons to the older generation.

Quite often, the elderly face many barriers to using equipment such as digital cameras, ipods, mobile phones and personal computers, as they have not used them previously. The training delivered by Cyber Generation aims to break down these barriers, demonstrating the use of different technologies in a way which makes them seem less intimidating.

Natalie Kennedy, from LUSU, said: “Cyber Generation really epitomised what the Voltage Project sets out to achieve, not only winning the Positive Impact Award but the Outstanding Social Enterprise Award. Impressing the judges with their professionalism throughout the whole of the project, the team took on the ideas of social enterprise and really focused on the ‘People’ element. Their enthusiasm for making a difference in their community shone through and each of them demonstrated a full range of skills while working on the project.”

Student Rob Thompson said: “The competition enabled us to use the business knowledge gained during our course and focused on the enterprising spirit of the business department. It was incredibly demanding, but also enjoyable and rewarding for the whole Cyber Generation team. To win one award was amazing so it was a real high point of my time at college to win the top award, too!”