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Company Programme 2014 launched in South Wales


Students from all over South Wales attended the Launch of the Young Enterprise Company and Team programme at the stunning Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel in Bridgend.

Volunteers from Admiral Group, who will be mentoring the students this year, got the ball rolling with a ‘Build a Chair from Paper’ challenge.

Nicola Burns, Talent Development Administrator  at Admiral Group said of the Launch: “We had a wonderful time with the Young Enterprise teams at the Launch Event.

“The young people embraced the team building activity with confidence, and really mirrored what we encourage at Admiral with their innovative approach and enthusiasm.

“We’re very proud to support Young Enterprise and know that not only will the teams learn from our managers, but our managers will also benefit from supporting the teams.”

Informative sessions were also delivered by staff from the Intellectual Property Office and from Trading Standards.

Lunch from  hotdog  and ice cream carts was enjoyed by the 120 teenagers before an  inspirational talk from local entrepreneur and Welsh Government Role Model Sharone Williams who owns ‘Design a Bridle’.

Also present was  Welsh  Governments  Big Ideas Wales who set up a stand to advice students on business support available. The students recorded videos of their business plans for the year at the Menter y Busnes photo booth.

Anne Colwill, Young Enterprise Area Manager for Wales said: “We’re motivating young people to not only think about their working lives but also to consider becoming entrepreneurs themselves.

“We are very grateful  for the support we have received from  South Wales businesses and organisations. The students at the Launch engaged in  activities and enterprise sessions, developing  life skills such as communication and teamwork, and  are already feeling more confident in their abilities and about their future careers.

“I’m looking forward to seeing these students  get into the Company Programme and seeing their businesses at trade fairs and competitions in the next few months. It was a great day for all involved and an inspirational start for  the Company Programme year in South Wales.”