St. Ailbe Secondary School students did extremely well at the recent Student Enterprise Awards (SEAs) with three of the five business teams winning places in the County final in March.
The Student Enterprise Awards (SEAs) is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland. It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media.
“Every year St. Ailbe’s offers the opportunity for their TY students to enter this competition and this year we had five businesses entered. On January 21st, Local Enterprise Officer Sue Anne O’Donnell judged the County Final qualifier and three of these teams were successful and qualified to for the county final in March in LIT Thurles,” said Principal Peter Creedon. “The competition complements the business studies curriculum and is a rewarding experience for transition year students in particular, who have that bit more freedom to develop their business concepts to the fullest.”
‘Adhmad na Coillte’ with team members: Cormac Cummins, Dylan Morrissey, Paul Merrigan, Robin Coulson and Will Collins put forward their business idea of crafters of traditional blackthorn walking sticks and also looking to expand into different species of wood.
Team, ‘Woodcraft’ with members Shane Browne, James Dee, Eoghan Ryan and Christopher Irwin are proposing a variety of hand crafted wooden products ranging from footwear removers to name tags. (Facebook page: woodcraft)
Rachel Ryan, Chloe Hanrahan, John Long, Roisin Elligot and Sarah Ryan with team name, ‘i gconai og’ are looking to make and sell natural beauty products.
Sue Anne O’Donnell said - “The initiative and drive shown by the students of St. Ailbe’s is refreshing to see and the students and teachers have worked very hard in preparing for the competition.” Over the 10 years running event, the Enterprise Office has seen remarkable success stories with high levels of innovation, ingenuity and clever sales pitches.