South Ayrshire’s young dragons

The Carrarts team from Carrick Academy.
The Carrarts team from Carrick Academy.

A TEAM from Carrick Academy will be representing South Ayrshire in the Young Enterprise Company Programme regional finals in Kilmarnock.

Carrick Academy, along with a team from Belmont Academy in Ayr will produce a business report and prepare a trade stand, be interviewed about the Young Enterprise experience and deliver a presentation on the finals night.

The Young Enterprise Company Programme offers students aged 15 to 19 the opportunity to set up and run their own real company over the course of one academic year, with the support and guidance of a link teacher and a volunteer business.

In a competition similar to television’s Dragon’s Den students elect a Board of Directors from amongst their peers, raise share capital, market and finance a real product or service of their own choice and sell it to the public.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “It is great news that students from Belmont Academy and Carrick Academy have been selected to take part in the regional finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme.

“Through participating in this programme students develop their enterprise knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes in a business context. They learn by doing, coping with a changing and evolving business, developing essential skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, managing risk, creativity, innovation and leadership.”

The Young Enterprise company at Carrick Academy is called Carrarts. Their main products were gift boxes containing speciality teas and a tea pot or a box of spices with recipe cards. They also provided a rose delivery service for pupils at Carrick Academy on Valentine’s Day.

Belmont Academy’s company is called ACE Enterprises and they have produced ‘My Baking Journal a fun baking book with a unique scrapbook feature, including places for children to stick in photos of their completed baking, fun jokes and a ‘rate your cake’ section. ACE Enterprises also organised and held a fashion show and a talent show to raise essential funds which they used to produce ‘My Baking Journal.’ The winning team from across Ayrshire will represent the region at the Scottish Finals in June.