AS level Business Studies students who are participating in the Young Enterprise Company Programme, recently attended a Company Workshop which was organised by the Belfast & Castlereagh Area Board.

The Company Programme which runs annually, allows pupils to form their own businesses in the hope of inspiring the entrepreneurs of the future.  At the workshop they met with Jim Eastwood, one of the finalists from this year’s ‘The Apprentice’.  Jim, who narrowly missed out on becoming Lord Alan Sugar’s apprentice, appeared at the course which was held in Stranmillis University College and talked with students about their budding business plans.  Jim spoke of his experiences on the TV show and undoubtedly inspired the students with his innovative approach as they start their trading year.

Our very own Connor Dunlop, a Year 13 student was brought on to the stage to share his experience of applying for ‘The Junior/Young Apprentice’, explaining how he too had travelled to London for the auditions and participated in many activities, including presenting an elevator pitch as to why he was a suitable candidate.  Jim chatted individually to Connor and ended his discussion by referring to Connor as the Junior Jedi!

The students had a fabulous morning and learned a lot from a variety of speakers in each of the workshops as well as meeting ‘Jedi Jim’.  They are currently designing and researching a variety of different products in preparation for the Ballymena Trade Fair in December and hope to have a profitable year ahead.