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Young tycoons put through their paces

PUBLISHED: 18:10 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010

A GROUP of students from across the Waveney Valley is being mentored by leading figures who are helping them develop skills needed to enter the world of enterprise.

A GROUP of students from across the Waveney Valley is being mentored by leading figures who are helping them develop skills needed to enter the world of enterprise.

YES (Young Enterpreneurs Succeed) has given 30 pupils, chosen from more than 70 applicants, an opportunity to work with successful entrepreneurs through six modules designed to inspire and show them what they can achieve.

Through practical and innovative tasks, the pupils from Denes, Benjamin Britten and Kirkley High in Lowestoft, St Felix School in Southwold, Bungay High School and Sir John Leman High School, in Beccles, will be taken on a journey of self-discovery with help from the best in the business.

Among the entrepreneurs is Lianne Miller, founder of Southwold skincare company Young & Pure.

She is currently starring in the BBC3 programme The Last Millionaire and really wants to inspire young people to follow their dreams to start being enterprising.

During the course the students will learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur as well as develop their own skills. Many of them have already made steps to creating their own product or business.

They will be put through a range of practical exercises designed to challenge them and allow them to see the range of opportunities surrounding them.

The students will learn how to take risks, understand personal and corporate branding and create a team of people around them to build their business.

The year-long programme kicked off at the weekend when the students travelled to Finborough Hall, near Stowmarket, where they got to grips with working as a team, problem solving and giving spur-of-the-moment presentations.

They took part in a night hike, raft building and crossing a river.

Beth Derks, who is behind the concept and co-ordination of the project said: “At Finborough Hall we got them involved in team-building exercises and it was a chance for us to see what the candidates were really like. Some worked really well in groups and working individually seemed a bit scary, but it was good for them to find out their strengths and weaknesses.”

The idea of YES was the brainchild of Hazel Johnson, from Enterprise Lowestoft, who saw that the best way for young people to drive forward was to receive backing from successful entrepreneurs.

It is being funded by Shell, Lowestoft Together and the Learning and Skills Council.

Other entrepreneurs involved in the project are Erica Clegg, from Spring Advertising, in Southwold, and Stephanie Harrod, of Harrod UK.

Enterprise continues on Monday with the beginning of Enterprise Week. The Riverside Centre, in Lowestoft, is the base for the Eastern Region hub of the Make Your Mark Campaign, which is fronted by Mrs Johnson and Beccie Simpson.

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