Some of County’s Roscommon’s most enterprising teenagers are ‘counting down’ to the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on Wednesday, May 2nd in Croke Park.
Starting every September, students across three age categories (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) research, set up, and run their own businesses with the help of their teachers and supports from Local Enterprise Office Roscommon.
Nationwide, 230 students from 77 different student enterprises have now reached this year’s National Finals.
Student entrepreneurs, Jake Kennedy & Jack Murphy (both aged 16), from Elphin Community College will represent Co. Roscommon on the 2nd of May with their business, Curlew Mountain Forge, in the Senior Category, under the guidance of their teacher, Ms. Bernadette Brooks. Their offering is handmade bespoke, unique and functional metalwork, such as practical household implements and jewellery, e.g. fire pokers, bottle openers, napkin rings, hand forged hooks in copper and steel as well as copper bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
Run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in every Local Authority area, the Student Enterprise Programme is the biggest enterprise education initiative of its kind in the country, with 23,600 students taking part every year from 480 second-level schools. Funding for the programme is provided by the Government through Enterprise Ireland, and since it started in 2003, over 150,000 students have now taken part.
Further information about the Student Enterprise Programme is available from www.studententerprise.ie, with free resources available for teachers and schools.