Swansea pupils now have a head for business
PUPILS at a Swansea school are learning all about the secrets of how to get ahead in business.
Youngsters at Gowerton Comprehensive School have been developing a whole host of new skills, including team work, creativity and problem-solving, through the Youth Business Dragons contest.
The nautical theme competition, which is now in its third year, is aimed at giving a taste for business to pupils across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
Steven Poole, Go Wales training officer, said he believed it was great to get youngsters involved in business now to give them a head start.
He said: "I was extremely thrilled to be asked to become a mentor for Gowerton School as the organisation I work for, Go Wales, works with Welsh employers to place graduates and undergraduates on a programme to prepare them for a role within the working world.
"Employers tell me they wish their future employees to have a broad range of skills, not just a degree in a chosen discipline. These include many of the entrepreneurial skills such as team work, creativity, problem solving, taking the initiative and coming up with innovative ideas.
"I passionately believe that we should be working with students at a younger age to embed this entrepreneurial mindset and develop the important can do attitude.
The Young Business Dragons competition is a fantastic way to start developing these entrepreneurial skills.
"Not all our young people will leave university and set up their own business but they can become entrepreneurial employees and help the company they eventually work for to become more successful."
The competition is sponsored by construction company Carillion, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Plc, Derwen, Scott, Wales and West Utilities along with steel giant Tata.