School students from Prudhoe Community High School have sold home made products from a Hexham Market stall, in an Apprentice style competition.
Around 12 students took part in the Hexham Market activity, which was made possible by Northumberland County Council offering market stall spaces for just £10, as part of National Market Fortnight.
The apprentice event is modelled on the reality TV show hosted by Alan Sugar. The theme of the market event is ‘summer treats.’ Pupils had one day to come up with ideas and make the products in the school with a £75 budget.
Katie March Year 10 student said: “I’ve had a really great couple of days. It's been quite challenging, and we've learnt about the real world of setting up in business. Everyone has
really enjoyed it and we're definitely going to win!”
The event is part of a series of activities during a careers week, involving 60 young people, all year 10 pupils. Many are studying business studies at GCSE. Prudhoe Community High School has a strong tradition of enterprise.
Chris Shaw, head of business studies at the school said: “Prudhoe students have a proud history of entrepreneurial activity. This week has really challenged students, and as usual they have risen to the challenge and exceeded all our expectations. They have developed their creativity, organisation and teamwork skills, as well as taking part in an exciting, real world activity.”
National Market Fortnight ran from 23rd June to the 8th July. Stall spaces were offered at markets managed by Northumberland County Council for just £10 to attract new traders and provide opportunities for new and start-up businesses.
Cllr Alan Thompson Northumberland County Council’s executive member for neighbourhood services and highways explained: “We’re really glad to be able to give people the chance to try out market trading for just £10. The people of Northumberland deserve to feel very proud of their markets, and it’s especially encouraging to see young people getting involved.”
The National Association of British Market Authorities awarded Hexham the ‘best small outdoor market in Britain’ award in 2012.