Local entrepreneurs are to share the secrets of their success with more than 2,000 students across Northern Ireland as part of a series of masterclasses designed to inspire young people to start their own businesses.
The 12 classes, organised by Young Enterprise Northern Ireland and sponsored by Northern Bank, aim to make 14-18 year olds consider starting their own business as a career option.
The classes will also provide hands-on experience of developing a business plan and how a business works.
Speaking at the launch at Belfast Royal Academy, Vanessa Postle, community affairs advisor at Northern Bank, said: "These masterclasses provide a great opportunity to nurture the skills, confidence and knowledge in business decision making, financial awareness and commitment needed for a career in business. The students always show real talent and enthusiasm and it's encouraging to see so many young people learn how to create a positive employment future for themselves" "
Belfast Royal Academy is one of approximately 50 schools taking part in the masterclasses.
As part of the masterclasses students will hear from a local entrepreneur about their experiences of starting a business and will get advice from a motivational speaker on confidence-building and communication skills.
During the masterclasses, students will learn how to identify the key entrepreneurial skills required to start their own business, including who to approach concerning financial matters and business advice.
Ruth Baxter, from Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, added: "85,000 students in Northern Ireland will participate in Young Enterprise programmes this year. The Northern Bank Masterclass workshops help students take what they've learned throughout their years at school and apply it to their lives. All Young Enterprise programmes are based on the principle of 'learning by doing', to promote a culture of enterprise from an early age".