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Successful day for Nuneaton youth traders

Published on Thursday, 20th June 2019

Youth traders from Oak Wood Secondary School enjoyed a fantastic day’s trading at Nuneaton’s Street Market yesterday.

There was a steady flow of customers throughout the day and trade exceeded expectations.

The budding entrepreneurs were selling an impressive range of their own products, tempting shoppers with cakes, jewellery, ceramics and silk floral arrangements. The initiative helped the students gain experience in dealing with customers and managing money.

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of the Borough Council said:

“Our youth traders proved very popular. There was a really impressive selection of goods on sale and such a buzz around the stall. The students did really well, demonstrating some first class customer relationship skills.

“Initiatives such as this one are really important in developing the business skills of tomorrow’s workforce and as yesterday’s event went so well, we’ll be looking at arranging a larger youth market in the future.

“Both Nuneaton and Bedworth are well known for their vibrant, successful markets and it’s absolutely wonderful that we’re able to give our young people experience in the trade.”

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

Yesterday’s youth market was an incredible opportunity for our pupils, with the chance to embed previously learnt skills in a functional setting. Watching their confidence grow by the hour in their abilities to communicate with customers is something that as an Academy we are very proud of. Work experience is a pivotal part of our 14-19 provision and yesterday’s event allowed learners to showcase their strengths for many people to see, including a high profile visit from the Mayor, who will now be visiting the Academy to really see what we get up to in our fantastic vocational lessons.

“We would like to thank everyone at the NBBC, especially the Economic Development Team, who supported us throughout and gave us this opportunity to participate in the event, it is one that we will celebrate with our learners and reflect on as we continue our work on employability. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Assistant Head Teacher of 14-19 Rachel Day, her tireless efforts to build a vocational provision that all our learners are flourishing in is taking the skill set of every child in the Academy from strength to strength.

“As an Academy we cannot wait to build on this new found relationship with Nuneaton & Bedworth Council and we thank you all once again!”

Borough Mayor, Cllr June Tandy said:

“It was so lovely to meet the students and see their wonderful array of handicrafts. They are a real credit to their school and to the Borough.

“I am very much looking forward to finding out more about Oak Wood’s enterprising activities and I’ll be contacting staff shortly to take up their kind invitation to visit.”

To view the short video about this event please click here: