Locals take lead from Sir Alan

Alongside the group of Banbridge volunteers are (L-R) Wayne Denner, Guest Speaker; Vernon Ringland, Community Foundation NI; Edel Maughan YouthBank Ireland Manager and Build Your Future Coordinator Geraldine McGuigan.
Alongside the group of Banbridge volunteers are (L-R) Wayne Denner, Guest Speaker; Vernon Ringland, Community Foundation NI; Edel Maughan YouthBank Ireland Manager and Build Your Future Coordinator Geraldine McGuigan.

A group of Banbridge volunteers are learning just how to become the next Lord Sugar.

They might not be fit to be Sir Alan’s next apprentice just yet, but they’ve begun their preparations.

The local young people took part in the EU funded ‘Build Your Future’ programme, designed to develop entrepreneurial talents over an 18-month period.

As part of their studies, they’ve even been set a challenge not dissimilar to a task from the hit BBC show.

The programme is broken up into five key parts that encourage the volunteers to come up with a business idea and takes them through to its pratical out-working.

They recently undertook an ideas development workshop under the stewardship of youth motivational speaker Wayne Denner.

At the end of that, they were handed £10 and tasked to use the skills they had learned to turn it into a three figure sum. Keep an eye out for the results next month.

Author of ‘The Students’ Guide to an Epic Online Reputation...And Parents’ Too,’ Wayne discussed the ideas of sustainability, social responsibility and connecting with the needs of the local community in respect to business.

He encouraged the Banbridge would-be entrepreneurs to brainstorm their ideas using mind maps and problem trees before presenting their considered concept.

He also discussed various areas of entrepreneurship including generating business ideas through opportunities, employment law and digital marketing.

Banbridge Build Your Future Coordinator Geraldine McGuigan reckoned the workshop was a success.

She said: “The workshop enabled the young people to reflect on local issues, leading to the planning and implementation of projects that will benefit their community.

“Not only is this programme a confidence boosting experience, it helps enormously with decision making at a crucial time in their education.”