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Teen traders test their market mettle
3:10pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
BUDDING young entrepreneurs have run their own business during a week-long summer project.
The 17 Chester-le-Street teenagers got an insight into the world of work on the Enterprise and Money Skills Week.
Teams chose a product to sell and received advice on planning, budgeting and marketing before selling their products at Chester-le-Street market.
The products chosen by the groups all had an ethical edge and included handbags made by women in Italian prisons, a CD of songs performed by persecuted African choirs and ‘seedboms’, made from recycled egg boxes.
The event was organised by local landlord Cestria Community Housing, Durham County Council’s One Point youth service and the financial education charity MyBnk and was funded by North- East Procurement.
Cestria’s Financial Inclusion Manager Suzanne Jobson, who co-ordinated the project said: “The aim of the week was to help local young people gain some key work place skills and help them make more informed decisions about what they want to do as a future career.
“I was really impressed with how well the groups did - they all completely sold out of their products on the last day which was fantastic and have said that they feel it has been a really valuable experience.
“Unemployment is still a big issue and if we can give young people the skills they need to get into work or training then the whole community will benefit.”
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