Na­tional suc­cess for Young En­ter­prise group

The Oban Times - - Districts -

LOCHGILP­HEAD High School pupils have flown the flag for Ar­gyll and Bute at a Scot­tish show­case for teenage en­trepreneurs.

The school team, West Coast­ers, rep­re­sented Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil at the Young En­ter­prise Scot­land (YES) na­tional awards.

They were one of 15 schools from across Scot­land at the fi­nals at Ham­p­den in Glas­gow.

The YES pro­gramme is a year-long busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence for S5 and S6 pupils. It sees teams set up their own com­pa­nies, which helps them de­velop a wide range of skills.

They are sup­ported by men­tors from the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity and all their ac­tiv­i­ties are pupil-led.

Lochgilp­head High had two groups tak­ing part in the scheme over the past aca­demic year – West Coast­ers and Droift.

West Coast­ers pro­duced hand- de­signed framed art­work to sell and Droift used seashells and drift­wood from lo­cal beaches to cre­ate wind chimes, wall hang­ings and neck­laces.

Their man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, S6 pupil Chloe Fair­man, was named over­all joint MD for Scot­land.

The West Coast­ers had to mount a dis­play stand, do pre­sen­ta­tions and take part in in­ter­views.

Dunoon Gram­mar also took part in the YES pro­gramme. Its com­pany, Ma Jar Stick, made be­spoke stor­age so­lu­tions by mount­ing jars on wooden bases.

The suc­cess­ful Lochgilp­head High School stu­dents.

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