Apprentice-style challenge launches new programme

The Duchess of Northumberland
The Duchess of Northumberland

The Alnwick Garden Trust has challenged local schoolchildren to create and sell products in a takeover of The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market, to launch its new charity Enterprise Programme.

Aimed at addressing youth unemployment, the programme is being officially launched today, as students compete to raise money from sales of their Christmas-themed products in an Apprentice-style challenge that encourages them to consider capital, margins, overheads and profit.

Including baked goods, festive decorations and homewares, The Alnwick Garden Trust’s Enterprise Programme takeover of the Christmas Market is open to the public from 10am until 1.30pm today.

Spearheaded by the Duchess of Northumberland, the programme has been set up to help reduce joblessness in the North East, which possesses the highest unemployment rate in the country.

By educating children from as young as seven about the benefits of working and demonstrating ways in which making money can be fun, the Enterprise Programme will help to nurture the aspirations and develop the working skills of young people, particularly those from families who may have experienced long-term unemployment, to ensure they are fully prepared for work.

As part of the project, youngsters will be offered work experience at The Garden, giving them skills to assist them in securing jobs.