Two young transition year students took a stall at Clarecastle’s Village Market last weekend to sell their fabulously crafted Christmas cribs and decorations. David Barry and Mark O’Loughlin designed and produced a whole range of attractive wooden products themselves and they went down a treat with the customers looking for something a little different and quirky to decorate their homes this Christmas.
David and Mark have undertaken this project as part of The Student Enterprise Awards (SEAs) scheme. This is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland. It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media.
The competition compliments the business studies curriculum and is a rewarding experience for transition year students in particular, who have that bit more freedom to develop their business concepts to the fullest. It helps develop self confidence as they work their way through the different stages of their business. This is particularly true when students are taken out of their normal school environment to deal with external stakeholders who can help them progress their business idea.
David and Mark will be back at this weekend’s Christmas market – Saturday 13th from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and then again on Sunday 14th December from 9.30 – 13.00 in the Abbey Hall, Clarecastle. We wish them every success in their mini-enterprise.