Jewellery Business for Young Enterprise students
Reading Girls' Enterprise led to this story in the Reading Post on Thursday 2 March 2011
Pupils at Reading Girls' School have been designing jewellery as part of their Young Enterprise scheme.
The scheme is part of their Business Administration and Finance couse and aims at encouraging young people to suceed through enterprise.
Students form a business, elect a board of directors, raise share capital then create, selland market their products to generate a profit.
Year 11 students at the Northumberland Avenue School were kept busy designing jewellery to sell to their fellow students as well as holding fundraising events for cash to buy materials.
Student Cynthia, 16 said: "We thought bracelets would be a good idea as we're in a girls school so people like jewellery rather than something people wouldn't buy. We've made £89 profit so far but we always have to remembr to keep an eys on our finances. It's very hands-on and gives us a business atmosphere" Teacher Sarah Stevens said: "the syllabus is developed with employes to help transfer work skills into education. Some of the girls have really increased in confidence and it's helped channel their focus."
As well as designing and selling their jewellery, the group organised a "Battle of the Bands" competition. The groups marketing director Nariah, 16, organises promotional material such as flyers and oversees all the advertising. She said: "We held a fundraising gig in the school hall and charged £3 for tickets. Four bands played including two from London. I want to be a primary school teacher but the course has given me a good indication of how to do business."