Student entrepreneurs attend Youth Market

Students who will showcase their products at the Youth Market.
Students who will showcase their products at the Youth Market.

Students at Northumberland College attended Ashington’s first Youth Market, which aims to encourage enterprise and life skills in young people.

The learners, currently studying a range of different courses at the college, including horticulture, animal care, hospitality, art and construction, came together to run four different stalls at the market on Saturday, with help from the college’s Enterprise 10 team.

From the Kirkley Hall campus, students were selling a wide range of plants and herbs, while those from the Ashington campus were selling a range of handmade products, including baked goods, homemade bath bombs, small-batch soaps, DIY bird-box building kits and decorative household items.

Enterprise 10 is Northumberland College’s programme that helps students prepare for the world beyond college and aims to give students real-life experience of work and enterprise at events like the Ashington Youth Market.

Shelley Mitchinson, the Enterprise 10 manager, said: “This market is the ideal opportunity to get students involved with the local community and for us to further develop their enterprise skills.

“The experience will be invaluable for their future careers and it will give students the opportunity to go out and meet real clients and apply their new entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, but starting up is a big challenge so being able to support budding student entrepreneurs to succeed and attend events like this is crucial.”

Through the Enterprise programme, students can apply for a range of grants to help them start a new business if they have an idea, including the Kick-start fund, which offers grants of up to £250 alongside guidance and advice from the Enterprise team to help student business ideas flourish.