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Young People Explore Business and Tourism Industries

25 November 2015

Students from the Antrim and Newtownabbey area explored enterprise and employment opportunities within the Business and Tourism Industries through Global Entrepreneurship Week events run in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Young Enterprise NI.

Over five-hundred P6 students from 15 schools in the area took part in a 2-day business masterclass event at Mossley Mill. Christine Craig from ASDA spoke to the students about branding and also judged the designs. The masterclass, delivered over four sessions, began with an introduction to business before giving the students the opportunity to re-design the packaging of a drink carton. The students will produce the new drink cartons over the next few weeks and report back with their final designs.

On the third and final day, a tourism masterclass was delivered to seventeen post-primary groups who heard from Entrepreneurs, Alastair Bell from The Gobbins Cliff Path, and Michelle Hagan from The Prince’s Trust, both of whom were part of the Young Enterprise company programme when they were in school.

A group of judges deliberated over business concept pitches from students and along with the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, decided on the best presentation. The judging role was then handed back to the students, who voted on the best business pitch. The winning group, from Abbey Community College, walked away with a trophy and sweet hamper provided by the Council.

The Mayor commented:

“I was extremely impressed with all the students and their ideas across the three days.  It fills me with great hope for the future of our Borough that we have so many enthusiastic and budding entrepreneurs in our midst”.

Young Enterprise works with young people of all ages and abilities to encourage entrepreneurial qualities at a young age.

Visit YENI.co.uk to see how you can get involved with Young Enterprise, empowering young people with the skills and confidence to succeed in life and work.

 

Photo from the event
Mr Coulter's Boys.


Photo from the event
Mr Coulter's Girls.


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Mrs MacCormack's Girls.


Photo from the event
Mrs MacCormack's Boys.


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Maine Integrated.
 

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Maine Integrated.