Local schools get down to business

Group pictured at a Principal / teacher information day organised by Young enterprise Northern Ireland who are launching centre of excellence. Included, are Geraldine Mellon and Fiona Harrigan, St Peter's High school, Sean McGinty, St Columb' College, Paul Gray, keynote speaker, Jeff Gallagher, Young enterprise, Deborah Lamberton, core programmes manager, Lynne glover assistant principal, Brian Douglas, Thornhill college. (2309SL34)

Group pictured at a Principal / teacher information day organised by Young enterprise Northern Ireland who are launching centre of excellence. Included, are Geraldine Mellon and Fiona Harrigan, St Peter's High school, Sean McGinty, St Columb' College, Paul Gray, keynote speaker, Jeff Gallagher, Young enterprise, Deborah Lamberton, core programmes manager, Lynne glover assistant principal, Brian Douglas, Thornhill college. (2309SL34)

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Young Enterprise Northern Ireland has launched a programme to help school children get ahead in business.

At an information session for school principals and teachers in Derry, the body outlined how schools can gain maximum benefit using its programmes to build the entrepreneurial and employability skills of their pupils. Young Enterprise works closely with its key funder, the Department of Education, to ensure that the programmes continue to meet the needs of both students and teachers, by mapping the programme content to the requirements of the revised curriculum in schools. Later this year, Young Enterprise will recognise the schools that consistently invest in this aspect of student development by awarding them ‘Centre of Excellence’ status.

Keynote speaker at the event in Derry was Paul Gray founder of Learn Spark Ltd, Curriculum Practitioner, formerly of CCEA, and Young Enterprise Alumnus. He said: “Being involved with Young Enterprise as a student helped me develop the many skills and competencies I have needed during my working life. It is great now to have the opportunity to help the next generation of young people.”

Carol Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, added: “The role of the modern teacher is ever evolving, with different challenges to be met during every new academic year. These information sessions demonstrate to Principals and Teachers how Young Enterprise programmes add value to what is being taught in the classroom by allowing students to gain experience of business and enterprise concepts in a real-life context, with the support of business advisers from the local community.”