Derry students honoured at Young Enterprise awards

Students from Lisneal and Thornhill colleges in Derry were among those honoured at a major Young Enterprise event in Belfast recently.

On Thursday last, students from both schools - which the charity has supported through its business start-

up programme this year - received awards.

Invest Northern Ireland supported the event where 650 young entrepreneurs crammed into Titanic Belfast to be honoured at Celebrate Success 2015.

Two companies from the Lisneal College and Thornhill College were honoured at the event with Thornhill’s ‘Let’s Do Science’ a company offering science-based children’s activity packs - being named Company of the Year for the North West area, while environmentally friendly upcyclers ‘Poucheze’ received Best Social Enterprise for the area.

Speaking at the event, Education Minister John O’Dowd praised the achievements of the young entrepreneurs in developing skills that will benefit them in life and work. He said: “Young people of today are the leaders and innovators of tomorrow and we need to equip them with the right skills and knowledge for them to succeed in life and work. In order to build a vibrant economy, we need to ensure that young people are encouraged not just to follow traditional paths but those that may lead to exciting new career paths, such as starting a new business.

“As the leading business and education charity in the North, my Department supports Young Enterprise to deliver a suite of programmes to primary and post-primary schools. These programmes are instrumental in helping pupils develop the skills and entrepreneurial vision that can help build a vibrant economy. I congratulate Young Enterprise, the students and the teachers and in particular the business volunteers, without whom the programmes would not be possible.”