Fifth class primary school students in the Finn Valley area are experiencing what it’s like to be their own boss and run their own business in an annual enterprise programme organised and run by Finn Valley College. Over the past 4 years, this exciting programme has taken on some twists and this year is no different.
Safety is the theme and 5th class students have certainly stepped up to the challenge of bringing innovative products and services to prototype stage with the aim of reducing the amount of incidents in relation to fire/water/roads etc.
The programme helps students to understand essential life skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers and judges.
Finn Valley College business students and their teacher Ashlean Mc Geehan have been mentoring the primary school students over the past 6 weeks. In that time, they have seen some remarkable ideas with high levels of innovation, ingenuity and clever sales pitches.
The young people have displayed great levels of confidence in presenting their reports, showing that they have developed self-confidence as they work their way through the different stages of their business. Introducing enterprise to younger students in such a relevant fashion can only help to create more entrepreneurs in the future.
Ms McGeehan had some very tough decisions to make in the past two weeks selecting the top teams to go through to the final stages of the competition. The successful teams, representing their primary schools, will compete against each other in Finn Valley College on Friday 23rd February where they will pitch their ideas/businesses to a panel of three judges in Dragons Den style. There will be loads of surprises on the day for all students involved. The mentoring team wished them all the very best of luck!
View the gallery below to see some of the enterprising students taking part in 2018:Tags: