Local businesses work with children to create entrepreneurs of the future

Businesses from across Torfaen are working with school children to help them create their own products as part of the borough’s second primary school enterprise week.

Children from George Street, Griffithstown, New Inn, Penygarn, Garnteg, Cwmffrwdoer and Blaenavon primary schools are designing and developing products to sell in Pontypool Indoor Market.

They will be mentored and supported by Coleg Gwent, Everett, Tomlin, Lloyd & Pratt Solicitors, Frog Bikes, One2One Mortgage Solutions, Pro Steel Engineering, RWA Compliance, and Tesco.

As part of the project a group of teenagers and young adults from Abersychan School are working towards an enterprise  qualification and will be creating various products  out of recycled materials to sell at the Market during Enterprise Week.

They will be each be given a slot in Pontypool Indoor Market between Monday 16 and Friday 20 July, from 10am until 2pm, to sell their products to the public.

The team One2One Mortgage Solutions in Cwmbran visited Griffithstown Primary School for two days of mentoring where they worked with the children on business planning and product development.

Mark Taylor from One2One said: “It has been great working with the children at Griffithstown Primary. Their enthusiasm and willingness to engage in this project has been a credit to the school and their teachers.

“From our point of view as a business we are always looking to help within the community and in this day and age more and more young people are looking to start their own businesses when they leave school, so learning some of the fundamentals at an early age will stand them in good stead for their future.”

Holly Wise, from year five said: “I really enjoyed learning about money skills and learning about the environment and recycling.”

Councillor Alan Jones, executive member with responsibly for business and the economy, said: “The aim of enterprise week is to give primary school children a greater appreciation of business and improve business related skills such as design, finance, numeracy and problem solving that will carry over into the classroom.

“I would like to thank all of the businesses coming forward to support our young entrepreneurs and I look forward to seeing the final products on sale in Pontypool Indoor Market.”

Posted on: Wednesday 6th June 2018