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FSB backs North Wales Skills Challenge


FSB in North Wales supported the next generation of entrepreneurs by backing the Skills Challenge Certificate last week.

The Skills Challenge Certificate provides 14 – 18 year olds with the opportunity to develop essential employability skills and prepare for their future employment and / or education. The students took part in “Dragon’s Den” style workshops and several other projects designed to develop their skills.

Mike Learmond, FSB North Wales Senior Development Manager, judged the Advanced Category, in which pupils had to come up with an innovative business plan for a strip of land. 

The winners were a team from St Brigid’s School, Denbigh, who developed a comprehensive plan to turn the land into a family-friendly adventure experience which featured paint-balling, high ropes and obstacle courses. They are used existing building for onsite catering facilities and everything was costed to create a credible business plan which linked with other tourism offers in the area.

Mike Learmond, North Wales Senior Development Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to judge a category at the Skills Challenge event and to see what innovative thinking the students employed as part of the tasks.

“There was real enthusiasm for the event and the entrepreneurial spark was clear to see. I look forward to seeing what the students do next, and am sure they have big futures ahead of them.”