Keeping the Pupils “Appy” at Bangor Grammar!
Year 13 Business Studies students at Bangor Grammar School were given a Digital Masterclass by Young Enterprise recently. Working in teams, the boys had to come up with ideas for a new Smartphone “app”, complete with a business plan, financial forecast, screen shot & twitter message. Each team then had to present their ideas and plans to the event judge Jamie Bill, Centre Manager at Bloomfield Shopping Centre.
Ruth Davidson of Young Enterprise was keen to highlight the relevance of such initiatives. “Northern Ireland needs more entrepreneurs and events like this give school pupils an insight into what it means to be enterprising. This would be our most popular masterclass as it is very relevant to the post-primary age group and there are so many career opportunities to highlight within this industry.”
Mr Sam Sinclair, Head of Business Studies at Bangor Grammar, agrees. “Whilst we still have to prepare our young people for traditional examinations, we recognise the value of Young Enterprise programmes such as the Digital Masterclass in developing the key skills which employers really need.
Employers now are looking for more than just exam grades. They want people who can think creatively to solve problems, often in collaboration with others; they want their people to be agile, demonstrating initiative and, of course, enterprise, in reacting quickly to changing technology and customer demands.”
For more information on Young Enterprise programmes, visit http://www.yeni.co.uk/.