THE South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has been hosting Student Trade Fairs this week.
Taking place on the 12 December at the Downpatrick campus, all classes, groups and individual students were invited to get involved and demonstrate their enterprising skills by selling their own products and goods.
The event brought together students from various courses, such as Beauty Therapy, Photography, Animal Care, Performing Arts, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Catering, and Art and Design. The festive stalls consisted of items such as Christmas cards, postcards, Christmas puddings, tray bakes, beauty kits, Christmas hampers, jewellery and picture frames.
SERC Enterprise manager Olivia Kennedy said: “At SERC we understand that you want more than just a qualification, you want an experience. We strive to make your time with us count when it comes to getting a job… that’s why we’re different.
“By studying at SERC you will have the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills by setting up a SERC Student Company, where you will be given support and expert advice on starting up and running your own business.
“We recognise that students need a range of skills in order to prepare them for the world of work, such as timekeeping, planning and working as a team. This is all achieved by those who get involved in a SERC student company, and can help boost a student’s CV.
“SERC are committed to the promotion of entrepreneurship among students. Events such as this are designed to help students to develop their enterprise capability through increasing knowledge, enhancing skills and fostering entrepreneurial attitudes.”
“SERC endeavours to encourage enterprise amongst students and has many examples of students who have set up their own business. This event is just one of many that run throughout the year to educate students on enterprise, using real life examples to highlight what can be achieved with business start-up.”
Currently, SERC is accepting applications for part-time courses. To find out how SERC can help you ‘get the edge’ call 0845 600 7555, visit www.serc.ac.uk or find us on Facebook, search: South Eastern Regional College.