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Y8 girls enjoying some group work at the Loreto College Young Enterprise workshop - View Full Size Image
Y8 girls enjoying some group work at the Loreto College Young Enterprise workshop
Two Y8 students taking part in the Young Enterprise workshop - View Full Size Image
Two Y8 students taking part in the Young Enterprise workshop
Y14 assistants at the Loreto College Y8 Young Enterprise workshop - View Full Size Image
Y14 assistants at the Loreto College Y8 Young Enterprise workshop
Y8 boys enjoying some group work at the Loreto College Young Enterprise workshop - View Full Size Image
Y8 boys enjoying some group work at the Loreto College Young Enterprise workshop
10/11/2010 ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE FOR LORETO FIRST YEARS

All Year 8 students at Loreto College Coleraine took part in a workshop organised by Young Enterprise Northern Ireland on Wednesday 10th November 2010.

Entitled “Big School”, the workshop seeks to facilitate the transition from junior to senior school for the students, as well as fostering in them a sense of business and enterprise awareness.  Young Enterprise Northern Ireland conducts seminars in the classroom that focus on skills the students will need to be successful in their new school – skills like communication and team work.  These skills will also be invaluable to students who hope to enter an entrepreneurial career area later in life.

During the course of the workshop, the first year students were also given the opportunity to work with sixth form students – the senior students shared their expertise and experience with their junior counterparts, helping to teach them new skills as well as facilitating the familiarisation process for the junior students at their first term at Loreto College.

Karen Murphy, Young Enterprise Training Manager, commented, “Our aim is to make school as positive an experience as possible for these young people.  The skills they learn now can be applied in any new experience, and will therefore help them prepare for success in their working life when the time comes.”

Young Enterprise Northern Ireland is a cross-community not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to inspiring young people to develop attitudes and skills for personal success, life-long learning and employability through participation in practical business programmes.  Miss Maria Flannelly, Head of Careers at Loreto College, and Miss Julie Galbraith, Employability and Learning for Life and Work Co-ordinator, commented on the excellence of the seminar programme experienced by the Year 8 students, which had proved highly beneficial in developing their awareness of entrepreneurial skills and employability.