Local school pupils had the opportunity to sell Christmas crafts and gifts at a School Christmas Market hosted at Barnsley College.
Everything for sale was handmade by students from Horizon Community College, Park Street School in Wombwell and Greenacre School as well as students from Barnsley College’s Learning for Living and Work department. Products included lip balms, books, cards, cushions, hand puppets, cupcakes, freshly made milkshakes, furniture and bird boxes made from recycled wood and cheeseboards made from melted down recycled glass bottles.
The event was part of the I Know I Can (IKIC) Barnsley Big Challenge, an enterprise competition open to young people aged between nine and 19 run by Barnsley Council. Pupils were invited to submit a business idea and with the help of a business mentor each team will turn their idea into a real business.
Sharon Hellewell, Information Team Leader at Barnsley College, said: “The event was very busy and it was great to see the students so enthusiastic about their businesses and products. We were happy to facilitate the event and support our local schools”
Rose Dyson, Year 10 pupil from Horizon Community College, said: “This experience has really opened my eyes to what is involved in setting up your own business. It has been challenging but I have learnt a lot of business skills.”
Helen Shaw, IKIC Employability Champion from Barnsley Council added: “The Christmas Market was a fantastic opportunity for the students. They were able to sell and market their products to ‘real’ customers and also had the chance to see a college environment.”
The overall winners from the competition will be decided in June in a Dragons’ Den style pitch.