Scilly’s Pupils To Get Advice On Starting Own Business

Martyn Pearson (right)

Martyn Pearson (right)

For the first time at the school careers fair, youngsters will be encouraged to start their own businesses after their studies.

Martyn Pearson from the Manufacturing Advisory Service says he’s attending next Thursday’s event to encourage pupils to consider becoming entrepreneurs rather than someone else’s employee.

Traditionally the concept of self-employment has been given lower prior in this country and Martyn says that’s going to change in Scilly. He says it’s all about showing youngsters what support and funding they can get to start a business.

There have been a number of high profile business shows on TV recently and Martyn says young people here now seem more interested in the idea of working for themselves.

Martyn and the MAS have hosted a number of successful in-school sessions this year.

Over 90 children in years 3 to 6 learned about problem solving through design, by operating a space rocket that propelled eggs at rocks. The experiment, which used up 200 eggs donated by the Co-op, was used to show how softer packaging can make a difference.

And year 10 pupils held a business ideas competition where they discussed ways to improve performance.

Martyn says the students’ teams each wanted to succeed in the workshops and that’s an important part of being an entrepreneur. He says the whole event was a “remarkable success.”