26th February 2018

‘QuickStart’ Programme

Students from Banbridge Academy are celebrating the completion of the ‘QuickStart Programme’ this week with local charity Young Enterprise NI.

The QuickStart Programme, supported by Ulster Bank, sees Year 9 students develop a marketable product and business plan under the guidance of Young Enterprise volunteer Andrea McLaughlin from Ulster Bank Ltd. They have followed a detailed 10-week programme learning about entrepreneurship.  The Quick Start programme is overseen by Mrs Aileen Gilpin, Banbridge Academy.  Mrs Gilpin commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to develop the skills which are so valuable, both in school and the world of work. The QuickStart programme is an excellent extra-curricular activity which supports our school curriculum.

Young Enterprise NI brings together companies and classrooms and encourages pupils to develop their entrepreneurial qualities at a young age.

Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise commented: “We are delighted to partner with Ulster Bank on our QuickStart Programme. QuickStart is a fantastic way for the students to gain first-hand experience of how business works while developing their entrepreneurship and employability skills. I look forward to seeing what the young people come up with.”