Pupils from schools across Antrim and Newtownabbey joined together for a number of special events to mark ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week.’
The students were able to explore enterprise and employment opportunities that are available to them within the business and tourism industries.
The events took place over three days and were run in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Young Enterprise NI.
Over 500 P6 pupils from 15 local schools took part in a two-day business masterclass at Mossley Mill.
The pupils were addressed by Christine Craig from Asda, who explained branding to them.
The masterclass was delivered over four sessions and began with an introduction to business. Students then had the chance to re-design the packaging of a drinks carton. They will report back with their final designs in the next few weeks.
On the third and final day, a tourism masterclass was delivered to seventeen post-primary groups who heard from entrepreneurs Alastair Bell from The Gobbins Cliff Path and Michelle Hagan from The Prince’s Trust, both of whom were part of the Young Enterprise programme when they were in school.
The young people gave business concept pitches before a judging panel and their fellow students decided on the best presentation. The winning group, from Abbey Community College, walked away with a trophy and hamper provided by the council.
Mayor Thomas Hogg said: “I was extremely impressed with all the students and their ideas across the three days. It fills me with great hope for the future of our borough that we have so many enthusiastic and budding entrepreneurs in our midst.”