New entrepreneurship course encourages start-ups

15 year old cousins Nicholas OHalloran and David Morris with their business The Bakers Cousin which they set up through the For�ige Youth Entrepreneurship Programme, NFTE.
Over 70 students helped spread festive cheer this week by setting up a Christmas Fair thanks to a new entrepreneurship course.

Over 70 students helped spread festive cheer this week by setting up a Christmas Fair thanks to a new

entrepreneurship course.

The young people from Coláiste Mhuire in Thurles organised the fair and sold products they made as part of Foróige’s Youth Entrepreneurship Programme, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). The fair took place in the school and gave the students a chance to trade with their business and make some hard earned cash. The businesses ranged from baked goods like cupcakes and apple pies to Christmas logs and handmade cards. More than €1200 was made in one day. 15 year-old Nicholas O’Halloran from Thurles said: “I’ve had such a great day – it’s great to see the product I worked so hard to create being sold. It’s been brilliant experience to set up my own business. I’m now looking forward to spending the profit I’ve made here today.” In Tipp, a total of 130 participants set up businesses as part of the programme, which runs from September to May. Richie Bowens, Foróige NFTE Programme Officer, said: “These young people are a credit to themselves and to the community. They’ve work so hard to create an amazing Christmas Fair that was enjoyed by the whole community. Now more than ever, we need to give young people the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and that is exactly what our entrepreneurship programme does.”