|Training for success students David Gracey from Magheralin (Catering), Aaron Jamison from Dunmurry (Joinery) and Anna Hamilton from Crumlin (Hairdressing) celebrate the launch of the Colleges new 'Enterprise in Action' initiative with Young Enterprise representative Jonathan Twinem and Olivia Kennedy, entrepreneurship and business start-up officer at South Eastern Regional College.|
STUDENTS at South Eastern Regional College Lisburn Campus are being encouraged to get involved in a new Young Enterprise Northern Ireland programme aimed at inspiring innovation and entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviours among young people.
Enterprise in Action, which is funded by the Department of Education, was originally tailored to school students. However this year the programme has been introduced to the College.
The College is initially implementing the programme to all Training For Success apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship students and plans to embed a range of programmes into every full-time course at the College over the next few years.
Through Enterprise in Action students engage in an enterprise challenge by making a prototype product as they develop their understanding of key business concepts by practical activities and the use of ICT.
Olivia Kennedy, entrepreneurship and business start-up officer at South Eastern Regional College, said promoting a culture of enterprise among students is vital in encouraging them to think of self-employment.
"The College has a strong history of helping students with entrepreneurial talent reach their aspirations. The recent success of Ballinderry man Paul Kissick, an apprentice joinery student, and Ross Harvey, a former electronic engineering student, who have both started up their own business in their specialist field, will hopefully encourage more students to consider self-employment," said Olivia.