As a business advisor at Caldew School, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria I work with Cheryl Eastburn who runs the Young Enterprise initiative at the School. We have guided the team of students through the process of initial business idea to actually running their own company over a matter of weeks. This has been challenging for the students as they are also studying for A levels at the same time. They competed in the County Finals and won the Marketing Award and came runners up, which secured the team a place in the North West finals. They will compete against 8 other schools from Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester and one other from Cumbria.
It is a huge achievement from these youngsters who are not only running a business, but also juggling 6th form work, exams and Saturday jobs. We felt their achievement should be marked at an event which was held at Carlisle Cricket Club on 2nd May 2019. It was an excellent opportunity for them to experience the art of networking and give them a chance to talk to local employers about further education, work experience and apprenticeships. The whole experience will help with their employability skills by providing them with an excellent CV and  building their confidence.

We want to thank all of the families and local businesses who took time from their hectic schedules to attend our event, we do hope everyone enjoyed it as much as the students. They were delighted at the response they got from everyone who took time to discuss their journey and give them advice for the future. The support they have received from everyone has been amazing and they will take this with them to the finals next week where they will be flying the flag for Cumbria.

Once again thank you to all involved for supporting our younger generation. Let’s nurture our youth and keep them in Cumbria!

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