Taste of the real thing for budding entrepreneurs

Business studies students at Gisborne Boys’ High School are about to take their products to market as part of entrepreneurial pilot programme Like A Boss.

The programme is targeted at years 9 to 11 students who are given startup capital and a series of 10 modules to work through over a term.

Students then take part in a trade event where they sell their products directly to customers.

At the end of the programme, the students return the startup capital and keep any profit they make.

The class will be running a pop-up shop from 10am to 1pm this Friday at 138 Gladstone Road (former House of Gifts shop).

“The boys have been working hard to develop, test and refine their products in preparation for the market day,” said teacher Peter Varey.

Interesting products have been created including scented bath bombs, laser-cut jewellery, native seedlings, ethnic cuisine and baked goods, he said.

“Like A Boss has taken the boys on a journey where they start with an idea and flesh it out to create an actual product that people will buy.

“There is no better substitute for learning about business than having a go at the real thing.”

Programme coordinator Cain Kerehoma said Like A Boss was a great opportunity for young people to learn by doing, and along the way gain practical skills such as communication, teamwork, planning, creativity, marketing and financial literacy.

It was developed by 21C Skills Lab in partnership with the Spark Foundation and is freely available to schools and communities.

A key feature is its focus on sustainability and creating broader social impact through enterprise.

All teams have embraced the challenge of seeking sustainable solutions within production, packaging and promotion.

“The boys are learning about the triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental sustainability, and have learned that sustainable practices can reduce costs,” said Mr Varey.

Several teams are supporting the community by donating a portion of their sales to charitable causes.

“Providing these kinds of hands-on entrepreneurial learning opportunities to our rangatahi (young people) at an early age is essential if we are to fully equip them for the modern world,” said Mr Kerehoma.

Like A Boss is supported by the Todd Foundation and Activate Tairawhiti.

Local landlord George Winkler from Fortitude Property donated the use of his vacant shop at 138 Gladstone Rd.

The community is encouraged to check out what’s on offer and support these budding entrepreneurs.

Business studies students at Gisborne Boys’ High School are about to take their products to market as part of entrepreneurial pilot programme Like A Boss.

The programme is targeted at years 9 to 11 students who are given startup capital and a series of 10 modules to work through over a term.

Students then take part in a trade event where they sell their products directly to customers.

At the end of the programme, the students return the startup capital and keep any profit they make.

The class will be running a pop-up shop from 10am to 1pm this Friday at 138 Gladstone Road (former House of Gifts shop).

“The boys have been working hard to develop, test and refine their products in preparation for the market day,” said teacher Peter Varey.

Interesting products have been created including scented bath bombs, laser-cut jewellery, native seedlings, ethnic cuisine and baked goods, he said.

“Like A Boss has taken the boys on a journey where they start with an idea and flesh it out to create an actual product that people will buy.

“There is no better substitute for learning about business than having a go at the real thing.”

Programme coordinator Cain Kerehoma said Like A Boss was a great opportunity for young people to learn by doing, and along the way gain practical skills such as communication, teamwork, planning, creativity, marketing and financial literacy.

It was developed by 21C Skills Lab in partnership with the Spark Foundation and is freely available to schools and communities.

A key feature is its focus on sustainability and creating broader social impact through enterprise.

All teams have embraced the challenge of seeking sustainable solutions within production, packaging and promotion.

“The boys are learning about the triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental sustainability, and have learned that sustainable practices can reduce costs,” said Mr Varey.

Several teams are supporting the community by donating a portion of their sales to charitable causes.

“Providing these kinds of hands-on entrepreneurial learning opportunities to our rangatahi (young people) at an early age is essential if we are to fully equip them for the modern world,” said Mr Kerehoma.

Like A Boss is supported by the Todd Foundation and Activate Tairawhiti.

Local landlord George Winkler from Fortitude Property donated the use of his vacant shop at 138 Gladstone Rd.

The community is encouraged to check out what’s on offer and support these budding entrepreneurs.

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