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Local Students Organise Christmas Trade Fair

'Pupils from Dunclug College at the 2011 Young Enterprise Christmas Trade Fair. Pictured with the students are Laura Kerr, Senior Development Manager, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, Mayor of Ballymena Councillor Hubert Nicholl, and Jacqueline Reid, Ballymena Borough Council.'

'Pupils from Dunclug College at the 2011 Young Enterprise Christmas Trade Fair. Pictured with the students are Laura Kerr, Senior Development Manager, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, Mayor of Ballymena Councillor Hubert Nicholl, and Jacqueline Reid, Ballymena Borough Council.'

STUDENTS from all over the North East region will gather at Ballymena’s Tower Centre on December 12 to sell products they developed themselves in the Young Enterprise Northern Ireland Company, Team and QuickStart Programmes, supported by the Department of Education and Ulster Bank.

The trade fair is the next step in the Company of the Year Competition where the best company will represent Northern Ireland in the Young Enterprise UK finals in London.

The goods and services on sale at the Trade Fair, which will run from 9am-2pm next Wednesday, will include crafts, cards and hand-made products.

“Young Enterprise is thrilled that so many students are participating in this year’s Trade Fairs,” says Laura Kerr, Senior Development Manager at Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.

“It gives them a chance to build their confidence and learn skills such as marketing and sales which will be invaluable to them in the world of work.

“Today more than ever, there is a need for our future workforce to ‘make jobs’ rather than ‘take jobs’. Entrepreneurship education is a vital contribution to this region’s economic output.

“In today’s economic climate, the employment market is even more competitive, and the skills that these young people learn now will help them safeguard their future careers, hopefully as tomorrow’s business leaders. We would encourage Christmas shoppers to come along and show their support for our young local entrepreneurs.”

Young Enterprise Northern Ireland is building an interconnected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.

As Northern Ireland’s foremost business and enterprise education charity, all its programmes are based on the principle of ‘learning by doing’, to promote a culture of enterprise from an early age. 

All activities are delivered by fully-trained business volunteers from partnership organisations and supported by the Department of Education, and a variety of public and private sector organisations, including Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland, the Co-operative, BT, Citigroup, NYSE, Allianz and the Henderson Group.

 

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