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Boost for entrepreneurship programmes in Primary Schools

Local charity Young Enterprise run a number of programmes in Primary Schools aimed at giving students an introduction to the basic skills that relate to the business sector. Students learn about the importance of decision-making and teamwork through programmes such as ‘Our World’, where they take part in games that aim to teach them how countries depend on each other for resources.

The Business Beginnings programme from Young Enterprise is aimed at young people from Primary 5 to Primary 7, and allows them to get real business experience by setting up and running their own company.

As a charitable organisation, Young Enterprise is always looking for support in the form of donations, volunteering and fundraising. Recently, they received a donation of £500 from NI Trucks to support the delivery of programmes to Primary Schools in the Newtownabbey area.

Mark Smith, the Managing Director of NI Trucks, commented “NI Trucks have been in business in Newtownabbey for over thirty years, and in that time have welcomed many of our employees, customers and suppliers from our local community. We value the education, training and experience that our employees bring with them and recognise that this all starts with excellent work that our primary and secondary schools do.

Supporting Young Enterprise allows us to “Play Our Part” and give something back to the local community from which we have benefitted so much. Mossgrove Primary has a strong school ethos which reflects many of the qualities that we also aspire to and it is a pleasure to partner with a school which encourages these same strong values.”

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

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

Young Enterprise NI is part funded by the Department of Education.




Back left to right: Mark Smith (Managing Director, NI Trucks), Martin Morgan (Training Officer, Young Enterprise) and Mrs Elaine Suton (Principal)

Front left to right: Students from Mossgrove Primary School (Natasha Newton, Charlotte Spence, Jorja McCurry, Kacey Greer).


Notes to editors:
Young Enterprise is a company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity.  The organisation operates under licence to Young Enterprise UK, and is part of Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise (JAYE) globally, with a purpose to inspire young people to engage in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Young Enterprise NI media contact:
Nadine Moody, Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Young Enterprise NI
Tel: 028 9032 7003     Email:           Twitter: @YE_NI

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