Next Steps students at Darlington College hone their entrepreneurial talents

Darlington College

Wednesday, 8th May 2019

Next Steps students at Darlington College hone their entrepreneurial talents

STUDENTS harness host of new skills to help them prepare for the world of work

STUDENTS are harnessing a host of new skills to help them prepare for the world of work and boost the coffers of a local charity.

Next Steps students at Darlington College have been honing their entrepreneurial talents by making a variety of crafts in the classroom which they then sell to the public in the town’s Cornmill Centre.

Every Friday happy customers are enjoying buying everything from plants, home-made cards and cakes, to coasters, headbands and decorative jars, in an enterprise initiative designed to make them even more employable.

Next Steps provides a supported learning programme for young people working towards post-16 qualifications and employment.

Darlington College Learning Support Assistant Alison York said: “The students have worked really hard in class making some fantastic products which the public definitely love to buy. They gain an Entry level 3 Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development or Level 1 Certificate in Developing Skills for Employment as well as invaluable experience interacting with customers.”

Proceeds go to buy materials and ten per cent of the profits will be donated to a local charity of the students’ choice.

Student Charlotte Walters, 18, of Darlington, said: “It has been brilliant. I have learnt how to make scrunchies and head bands, bows and greetings cards. I feel I have learnt a great deal and it is nice to make use of my new skills to help charity.”

For more information on opportunities at Darlington College visit www.darlington.ac.uk.