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New £30,000 scheme to benefit the County Durham entrepreneurs of tomorrow

MORE than 800 school pupils will be taught valuable new skills to help them succeed in their chosen career paths.

Five schools in County Durham are taking part in the Young Enterprise programme, a £30,000 scheme that challenges youngster between the ages of six and 13 to design and build their own city.

The children will also attend workshops, led by members of the business community, to gain an understanding of what it takes to create successful and sustainable communities using employment and businesses as a catalyst.
Tania Dodd, a teacher at Sedgefield Primary School, said the pupils had thoroughly enjoyed a recent taster session, adding: “The programme was delivered extremely well. Resources are super and appropriate to the age group.”

Pupils at Sedgefield Community College, meanwhile, took part in a “learn to earn” workshop, which promoted the economic benefits of staying in education.

Jonathan Briggs, of Sedgefield Community college, said: “It was very informative and helped students to appreciate budgeting and the importance of education and qualifications.

“The practical activities were excellent.”

The scheme has been funded by a £9,500 grant from homes and communities business livin, a £7,000 grant from East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership and a £9,500 grant from the Young Enterprise, as well as £3,200 contribution from the schools involved.


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