Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


High School looks to create the Next Generation of Leaders

High School looks to create the Next Generation of Business Leaders


Palmerston North Boys' High School hopes to build the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future when it embarks on a commerce tour of the United States later this month. Forty senior students will leave New Zealand for a series of meetings and presentations by outstanding US companies and tertiary institutes.

What makes this commerce tour even more interesting is that Palmerston North Boys' High School has been able to tap into an extraordinary network of former Kiwis and expat business executives (many who are Old Boys of the School) and who are now operating companies in the US, from successful start-ups such as Wildfire Interactive (sold to Google Inc.) and Xero, to large Fortune 500 companies.

“There is a huge international resource of New Zealand grown talent living and working around the globe that were more than willing to offer their advice and make future connections for our young men,” says Mr Graham Black, who is Head of Commerce at Palmerston North Boys' High School, and who is leading this tour. “It is just a matter of tapping into this resource, which it has taken a team of us around two years to do.”

The school believes that business education must go beyond books and the classroom, and that students should be given the opportunity to experience first hand what is possible. Catherine Robinson agrees. Catherine, formerly from Wellington, is now based in San Francisco, where she founded the business incubator Kiwi Landing Pad for New Zealand IT and “high tech” companies who want to establish a presence for themselves in the United States. Catherine believes that there is a tremendous opportunity to sow the seeds of business innovation and entrepreneurship early in one’s career and applauds the approach that the school is taking with the Commerce Tour. The Kiwi Landing Pad will be one of the stops for the commerce tour while the tour is in San Francisco.

For those traveling, this tour is not a case of sitting back and enjoying the hospitality of their hosts; each student member of the commerce tour will be engaged in an “Apprentice” style competition throughout his time in the US. Students have all been allocated into business teams, where they will be set business challenges and Apprentice” styled tasks, and ultimately compete for the Best Young Businessman of the Tour.

Palmerston North Boys' High School would like to acknowledge the assistance of many local businesses and Old Boys, without who’s help and support this tour would not have happened. The School also acknowledges the support of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise who offered planning support during the early stages and also shares the School’s belief of developing business innovation and entrepreneurship among our emerging NZ business talent.

The tour arrives at Los Angeles on Wed, April 16th. After meetings and presentations in Southern California, they will then travel to San Francisco before flying to the East Coast where they will visit companies and institutions in New York and Boston. The commerce tour arrives back at New Zealand on Saturday, 3rd of May.

### Ends ###


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Igniting The Spark: Bringing The Digital Enabler To Life

Changing a name is, relatively speaking, the easy part of a re-invention. Changing a culture, getting all the ducks in a row, turning yourself inside-out to become customer-inspired is a much bigger challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Ebola And NZ: Targeted Screening At Airport But Risk Low

The risk of any cases of Ebola in New Zealand remains very low, but health and border authorities are well prepared... anyone arriving in New Zealand who in the last three weeks has visited countries affected will be screened for symptoms of the disease. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Brewer Seeking Crowd-Funding Cancels Shareholders’ Dividends

Shareholders in Renaissance Brewing company, the first business to seek equity through crowd-funding in New Zealand, have cancelled their claim on $147,000 of accumulated earnings “to make Renaissance a more attractive investment opportunity.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news