Transition Year students have been forging ahead this year with an array of innovative new products and services for their Enterprise Projects. In conjunction with their business teachers, they have been carrying our market research and designing their product and advertising campaigns to ensure that they are ready for the marketplace. There are businesses selling CBS-branded sportswear, companies focusing on food and confectionary products, and a technology business offering designer ‘skins’ for gaming controls. Some of them have cornered the lucrative Christmas market with handcrafted Christmas decorations. The range of products and services is indicative of the students’ creativity and individual interests.
The Student Enterprise Programme is an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, is the country’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme. Over 26,000 second level students take part each year all over Ireland.
In the CBS Roscommon, it is traditionally TY students who participate in the eight-month programme, setting up and running their own businesses and finding out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur.
Students get to do everything a real-life entrepreneur would do, from coming up with the business idea to marketing, sales and preparing a business plan.
At the CBS teachers ensure that the Enterprise programme assists student’s communication skills, enabling them to effectively communicate and sell their product to a wider market. The programme is also designed to put into practice aspects of their Business Studies course. If offers them the skills to run their own business and to consider setting up their own business in the future. They get to hear from local entrepreneurs about the challenges and rewards of running one’s own business.
At the end of the Programme, students compete with others in the region and vie for a place to compete at the National Final in Dublin for the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’ award. Many thanks to teachers Ms Flynn and Mr Casey for their support this year, and to Roscommon LEO for their ongoing support.