Move over Lord Sugar - pupils from the Skegness Academy have been turning a local supermarket into a boardroom and showing off their business prowess in front of customers.
The would-be entrepreneurs visited Asda Boston as part of a partnership between the supermarket and Britain’s largest enterprise education charity, Young Enterprise.
The project see’s youngsters aged between 17 and 18 create and run their own company with guidance from a volunteer
mentor from a local business.
The pupils create a real firm as part of Young Enterprise’s Company Programme.
They then participate in selling shares in their business to get some capital to work with, design and make their product or service to sell directly to customers and ultimately winding up the firm and even paying their taxes.
The team at the Skegness Academy, ‘Tiempo’, have been creating clocks and other items from vinyl records.
The aim of the partnership is to help the young people gain business and employability skills.
These include teamwork, problem solving, resilience and presentational ability - all aspects that will help them get a job or create their own firm later in life, and to get them interacting and learning from those already in work.
During the visit the pupils sold their products in the store foyer and met members of the public and Asda colleagues.
The pupils also had the chance to grill the store’s Community Life Champion, Stephen Bromby, finding out just what makes a busy supermarket tick.
Mr Bromby, said: “I thought Jeremy Paxman asked tough questions but the students would give him a run for his money. It was fantastic to let these talented young people use Asda and for them to meet our customers.
“Everyone was impressed by their enthusiasm and business acumen and there’s one or two I think could be great shopkeepers in the future.”
Tiempo have raised £113 pounds so far as the project continues.