Youngsters experience the buzz of business 

21/11/2008 00:00 

 
ENTERPRISING youngsters from across Cardiff have been busy bees attending an after school club to take their first steps in the world of business.

Members of the Junior Bee (Becoming Enterprising and Employable) After School Club joined forces with the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) First Campus team to give 80 pupils a taster in business and university life.

Four local schools; Llanedeyrn High, Llanrumney High, Michaelston Community College and St Illtyds RC High took part in a five week, extra curricular based business after-school club – Junior Bee.

Chris Webb, First Campus Officer at UWIC said: “The club was aimed at key stage 3 pupils with an interest in business and enterprise and for those considering business as a GCSE option. It allowed them to experience studying in a university environment and to ask questions about being a university student and the variety of courses available.

“The club introduced the foundations of business including strategy and planning, the creative elements of business, the five stages of setting up a business, social enterprise and developing entrepreneurial skills. Each week the pupils had to complete interactive tasks which built and developed their business and personal skills. In the final week the pupils created their own pack of cards which will act as an A to Z of what they learnt, found challenging and developed both academically and personally.”

The cards designed by the pupils have been professionally printed and were presented to them along with certificates at a graduation ceremony recently to celebrate their achievements and enjoy a talk from one of Cardiff’s Dynamo Role Models, Ed Jones.

Diane Higgs, Head of Year Eight at Michaelston Community College said: “Our pupils have benefited from this experience as coming to a university gets them thinking about Higher Education and that everybody can do it.”

Linda Duffy, Community Focus Schools Co-coordinator at Llanrumney added: “We’re really pleased to be involved with this First Campus Project which has helped our children meet their potential and encouraged them to aim high.”

Notes to Editors:
The Dynamo Programme was launched by the Welsh Assembly Government to create more entrepreneurially aware young people throughout Wales. It provides a suite of learning opportunities for young people delivering upon the Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Strategy for Wales (YES).

Dynamo encourages young people to raise their aspirations and realise their own potential.  Dynamo role models are the ones that can best convey the exhilaration of taking control of your future and being your own boss.  After all, they understand the motivations needed to succeed and can encourage pupils to consider these in their own future.  The role models are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things by believing in themselves and their ideas. Their stories touch upon so many areas of the curriculum, personal and social development as well as lessons in business.

Further Information
For further information contact Sarah Huckson, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: shuckson@uwic.ac.uk