Schools aim for future skills for bikes and beauty after grant success

 29 August 2016  |  

Prestwick Academy celebrates funding success from DYW and the Princes Trust

Prestwick Academy celebrates funding success from DYW and the Princes Trust

Young people at a South Ayrshire school are being given practical work experience after securing two grants to open two new micro-businesses. A bike maintenance centre and a nail bar are opening at Prestwick Academy to provide young people with practical workplace experience.

The Bike Recycling Café and Nail Bar projects will establish fully-equipped centres as part of a project aimed at increasing employability by providing vocational training and enhancing communication skills.

The centres being established at the school will replicate commercial businesses to help provide realistic training with practical benefits. The 30 week projects will provide advice on business plan development with input from a business partner, access to networking sessions, while leading to vocational qualifications.

The two projects have secured grant funding of more than £7,000 from Developing Young Workforce, and the Princes Trust.

Councillor, Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, said it was important to provide young people with a broad-range of opportunities, "These two projects are a great example of giving young people the chance to shine by giving them hands-on experience in a workplace setting.

"By learning in a realistic business environment they'll be taking away practical skills that will be perfectly suited to the world of work, something that will serve them well in later life.

"I wish everyone taking part the best of luck and I hope the projects will become permanent fixtures benefitting young people for years to come."