Bud­ding ty­coons urged to ap­ply for su­per pro­gramme

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Bud­ding en­trepreneurs in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing in­vited to take part in a chal­lenge loosely based on the BBC’s “The Ap­pren­tice” TV pro­gramme.

The In­spir­ing En­ter­prise Chal­lenge will take place dur­ing two weeks of the sum­mer hol­i­days with 16 places up for grabs for se­nior school pupils.

The chal­lenge will be sim­i­lar to the TV pro­gramme in that pupils will take part in a num­ber of busi­ness led chal­lenges over two weeks, pro­vid­ing them with great ex­pe­ri­ences and talk­ing points to in­clude in CVs and in­ter­views in the fu­ture, one big dif­fer­ence is that no-one is fired.

South Lana r k s h i re Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources, Jim Gil­hooly, said: “In this cur­rent cli­mate, young peo­ple need to stand out from the crowd and we hope to give suc­cess­ful can­di­dates ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of work­ing with em­ploy­ers and op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop skills for work dur­ing the pro­gramme.

“The fo­cus of the two weeks will be en­tre­pre­neur­ial, demon­strat­ing to pupils that they have the skills to con­sider self- em­ploy­ment as an op­tion in the fu­ture.

“Each year every­one tak­ing part has worked ex­tremely hard and came up with some ex­cel­lent ideas and prod­ucts.

“I hope as many se­nior pupils from schools across South La­nark­shire take up the chance to be part of this year’s chal­lenge.

“Hope­fully the taste of the busi­ness world gives them the ap­petite to go on and em­u­late the likes of Lord Sugar.”

The pro­gramme will run ev­ery week day from Mon­day, July 25 to Thurs­day, Au­gust 4.

Pupils will meet at coun­cil HQ and they will be re­quired to make their own way there and back each day. Trans­port to and from the busi­ness lo­ca­tions, and lunch ev­ery day, will be pro­vided.

The chal­lenge is open to 16 pupils from S4/ 5/ 6 who are at­tend­ing a South Lana rk s h i re Coun­cil Sec­ondary school.

In­ter­ested pupils should get in touch with their deputy head teach­ers in the first in­stance.

The clos­ing date for all ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day, April 29, 2016.

For an ap­pli­ca­tion form email: eliot. jor­dan@ south­la­nark­shire.gov.uk

The pro­gramme is or­gan­ised and man­aged by the coun­cil’s ed­u­ca­tion re­sources and eco­nomic Devel­op­ment teams.

This is the fifth year of the pro­gramme and to date 64 can­di­dates have taken part. One pre­vi­ous can­di­date, Olivia Con­lon, has al­ready started her own in­te­rior de­sign com­pany.

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