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Parkhall students get a head start in business

Most young people leave school with little or no experience of working life, but that won’t be said for Year 11 and 12’s at Parkhall Integrated College where for the second year running the students have been working to start and run their own businesses with the support of local charity Young Enterprise.

Pairing with volunteer business advisers from local companies the 15-16 year olds will start 6 companies taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme.

Donna Park-Fullerton from Parkhall commented “The Young Enterprise Company Programme opens the eyes of our students to the world of business, giving them real-world experience under the guidance of experts.

“This experience encourages them to consider creative business ideas, work as a team to make them a reality and have the opportunity to bring their business into a live market situation at the Young Enterprise Big Market planned for December 2nd at St George’s Market, Belfast and at The Tower Centre, Ballymena, in February.

We’re looking forward to seeing our students grow their business skills and confidence throughout the school year and to see some exciting and creative businesses stemming from the programme.”

Young Enterprise is actively looking for people with business experience to get involved in volunteering on all of its programmes in Primary and Post-Primary schools.  Email jane.hanna@yeni.co.uk or call 028 9086 4118 to get involved today. Visit yeni.co.uk for more information.

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

-ENDS-

Photograph:

1.Parkhall Integrated College students Morgan Little, Georgie Houston, Jamie Kelly, Cameron Watkins and Tom Irvine prepare to start their companies with business experts Martin Morgan (Young Enterprise), Alan Hunter, Paul Corrigan (Corrigan Consulting), Ruth McCullough and Melanie McAllister.
Parkhall Integrated College students Morgan Little, Georgie Houston, Jamie Kelly, Cameron Watkins and Tom Irvine prepare to start their companies with business experts Martin Morgan (Young Enterprise), Alan Hunter, Paul Corrigan (Corrigan Consulting), Ruth McCullough and Melanie McAllister (Ulster Bank).
2.Parkhall Integrated College students Morgan Little, Georgie Houston, Jamie Kelly, Cameron Watkins and Tom Irvine prepare to start their companies with local charity Young Enterprise.
Parkhall Integrated College students Morgan Little, Georgie Houston, Jamie Kelly, Cameron Watkins and Tom Irvine prepare to start their companies with local charity Young Enterprise.

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:
Alastair Luke, Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Young Enterprise NI
Tel: 028 9032 7003     Email: alastair.luke@yeni.co.uk     Twitter: @YE_NI

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