Enterprising West Craven High School students put their business acumen to the test by becoming market traders for the morning before the end of term.
Children in Year 8 and Year 10, who make up the Barnoldswick school’s Youth Enterprise Team, had a prime slot on Barnoldswick Market and almost sold out of all the laser-cut products they had made in their Design and Technology lessons within only a few hours of arriving.
Before putting their sales skills to the test Apprentice-style, the team had the challenging task of designing, manufacturing, transporting and arranging their products attractively for sale as well as competitively pricing items.
After wooing potential shoppers, making strong sales and recording figures in a ledger, by the end of the day the group had made a handsome profit.
Products for sale included mobile phone/iPod amplifiers, ingeniously up-cycled from old LPs, and hundreds of West Craven High School badged wooden coasters, all of which sold out within minutes, reindeer Christmas decorations of various sizes, owl key rings, pictures and note book holders.
YETi, coordinated by Design and Technology teacher Graeme Windle, is the Youth Enterprise Team initiative designed to nurture and develop all the necessary skills required for business as well as encouraging them to believe in themselves and to aim high.
Mr Windle said: “Our young people are incredibly enthusiastic about learning these valuable life skills. I am so proud to work with our students every day; they are a credit to Barnoldswick and our school.”
Mr Windle plans to launch YETi fully during the autumn term and will be inviting West Craven students to apply for the various positions within the new business venture during October.