Hundreds Of Schoolchildren Working On Their Entrepreneurial Skills

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Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn pupils pictured last week are just some of those involved in this year’s Junior Entrepreneur Programme.

PRIMARY school children throughout Kerry are busy building businesses and learning skills for the future as the Junior Entrepreneur Programme has returned.

Twenty six primary schools through Kerry – with many in the Tralee area – and 602 students have signed up to this year’s programme.

The free 12 – 16 week programme is led by Jerry Kennelly of and gives children between the ages of 10 to 12 an insight into running their own businesses.

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They are currently busy deciding on their business idea, holding Dragons Dens, setting up and developing their businesses and marketing their products.

Over the last five years, over 26,500 pupils nationally have benefitted from the programme. It’s now available in 32 counties across Ireland including Northern Ireland.

The programme is aligned to the primary school curriculum in developing skills such as English and numeracy but founder Jerry Kennelly said that it also develops confidence and skills such as problem solving and collaboration.

“It opens up their minds to the thrill of business and the prospect of running their own businesses in the future rather than relying on others for their employment,” according to Mr Kennelly.

Among the Kerry businesses this year are customised fridge magnets, sweet jars, badges, and wooden name plates. For more on the programme click here

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