What is Young Enterprise
Young Enterprise is an extra curricular project in which a group of Year 13 pupils start up and develop a business from scratch. This is a real-life business, funded by the students themselves, running for the length of the academic year, where the group of students develop an idea for a product or service, and produce this to sell to the public at numerous trade fairs across Northern Ireland.
A key part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme is the competition where you compete against schools in the Omagh area, with the opportunity to progress and compete to win best company in Northern Ireland, then in the UK.
When is it on
Young Enterprise is a year-long project, beginning in Sept/Oct and finishing by the end of the school year. The team meet every Thursday at 3:45pm, but can also meet at any time during the week when required to produce stock, meet suppliers or practise presentations. Time may also be devoted at home in order to complete tasks required for the upkeep of the business.
Who is eligible to participate
Young Enterprise is available to Year 13 pupils only. The size of the team is also limited at 25, with the ideal size being around 10.
What are the benefits of taking part
There are countless benefits of participating in the Young Enterprise which can be taken into your working life. All the skills associated with running a business are obtained and developed throughout the year. These include:
- Time management
- Financial skills
- Marketing awareness and social media presence
- Sales techniques
Participating in the programme not only helps greatly those looking to go into the business world as a career, but to all career areas, as the skills obtained are transferable to all job types.
The current product in 2015/16 is KidzKit. This is a children’s healthy lifestyle product aimed to aid and encourage a healthy lifestyle in primary school children. The product includes a book containing easy, healthy recipes and fun exercises and games, as well as a whiteboard planner and a water bottle. The team came up with the idea to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic by creating this product aimed at parents, and they have reached out to the public on radio, television, newspapers and social media, as well as by visiting schools and leisure centres.
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