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Youth traders join line-up of stalls at Nuneaton Street Market

Published on Friday, 14th June 2019

Budding business entrepreneurs from Oak Wood Secondary School will pitch up at Nuneaton’s Street Market next Wednesday 19th June.

Working alongside our established stalls, the students will be selling an impressive range of their own products, tempting shoppers with everything from cakes to jewellery. The initiative will help the students gain important business skills, including financial management and customer interaction, with the proceeds from the exercise being fed back into the Oak Wood School enterprise, which contributes to various charities.

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of the Borough Council said:

“Our Economic Development Team works with schools to help develop the business skills that will be essential for the workforce of tomorrow. Oak Wood School has something very special going on with its commercial activities and we want to do all we can to support the students - on this occasion we have literally helped them bring their ideas to market. 

“I hope the day goes well for the students and that they benefit from working alongside our regular market traders at Nuneaton Street Market, which is one of the largest and most successful markets in the Midlands.”

David Mills, Floristry, Fashion & Retail Course Leader at Oak Wood School said:

“Oakwood Academy’s vocational SEN provision is based on supporting its learners to become active members of their community. This involves providing opportunity for supported internships and embedding self-employment skills, to provide each learner with the greatest tools possible so that they can achieve employment. 

“This opportunity with Nuneaton & Bedworth Council is one that we are incredibly excited about, as it provides functional real life experiences that the learners can flourish in. Communication and interactions with the public assists our learners to become increasingly more confident in their community, preparing them for life beyond the Academy.

“We have been working incredibly hard on our enterprises and cannot wait to showcase them with this fantastic opportunity from Nuneaton & Bedworth Council.”

If successful, NBBC may consider extending the initiative to embrace a larger youth market. 

The students will be trading between 10am and 2pm and can be found on Queens Road near the entrance to Rope Walk. 

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