Youth learn the craft of business

Young entrepreneurs develop their skills

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 09:03 08/07/2014
Business camp

TEAM WORK: From left, Rob Cairns from St Patrick's (Silverstream), Brittany Neal from St Margaret's (Christchurch), Tim Doidge (Palmerston North Boys' High School) and Envor Theron from Heretaunga College (Upper Hutt) work together during team challenges at Linton Military Camp.

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Budding entrepreneurs from all around the country took time out of their school holidays to learn more about the business of business in Palmerston North.

About 50 year 12 and year 13 high school commerce pupils arrived in Palmerston North at the weekend for the annual New Zealand Business Week programme. It is run by Massey University, Rotary International, Palmerston North Boys' High School and the local business community. To begin the week of activities, the pupils put on their workout gear for an afternoon of physical team building activities at Linton Military Camp.

Vision Manawatu regional business adviser Alta Els, who is a member of the organising committee, said pupils were mentored throughout the week to develop and carry out their own clothing trade concept in teams.

Among the business people called upon to share their wisdom with the group was Stu Bradbury, managing director at Agri Optic North.

Bradbury participated in the programme when he was in high school, and gives back each year by delivering a speech to the pupils.

Throughout the week pupils will have to make key company decisions, helped by "business advisers". A computer simulation tells them how their decisions have affected their business.

The aim of the week is to help pupils develop key business skills, like teamwork, management, marketing and enterprise. The week will conclude with a trade fair on Thursday, where pupils will bring what they have learned together and put their new skills and techniques into practice.

They will invite members of the public in to see their businesses, who in turn will be given play money to invest or purchase products as they see fit.

The trade fair will take place in the former Abode shop on Broadway Ave, from 4.30pm on Thursday.

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- Manawatu Standard

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