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This project was fully funded by The Stoke on Trent Opportunity Area Fund and was delivered by The Inspirational Learning Group, Business in the Community and The British Ceramic Confederation.  

Teams of 30 students from Stoke on Trent schools worked on real-life business challenges set by the infamous Stoke on Trent Potteries industry, delivered as an extra-curricular activity on a bi-weekly basis.  Our 2019 business challenges were set by Wade Ceramics, Royal Crown Derby and The British Ceramic Confederation.

The challenge focused on developing the core skills required for the world of work including teamwork, communication, creativity and leadership.  The programme also saw industry experts visiting schools to provide students with a meaningful encounter with a local employer.  There was also the opportunity for schools to visit working ceramic factories in the local area.  The programme culminated in a finals event at the Victoria Hall where students pitched their ideas to industry experts for the chance to be crowned overall champions.

The Stoke on Trent Ceramic Challenge has returned in 2020 with brand new challenges set by Valentine Clays and Staffordshire University.