Today is the last day of the Young People Are Great campaign. Throughout the week we have been hearing from local young people about their success in education, training, volunteering or employment.
In our last case study of the week, we hear from Benjamin Derrick who is a student at Orkney College UHI on the Future Tracks course. As part of this course, students take part in the Young Enterprise Team Programme, setting up a company and developing and selling a product. Benjamin was part of the team, The Three Puffketeers, who sold tech bags for storing cables and small tech items at home or while travelling. The team achieved the Best Logo Award and Best Overall Company Award at the Young Enterprise Scottish Finals last week.
Tell us about your current job role or qualification.
I am currently in the Future Tracks course at Orkney College and I think the Young Enterprise part went well because we sold our product in three hours.
What were you doing before you undertook your current qualification?
I was homeschooled before coming to college.
Have you faced any challenges in your current role, if so what were they and how did you overcome them?
In the Young Enterprise team, we experienced a covid delayed response from our manufacturer and we overcame this challenge by waiting patiently and looking for alternate suppliers.
What skills have you learnt whilst achieving your qualification?
I developed some graphic design skills by using Canva.
Would you recommend this course to another young person and if so why?
I would recommend this course to others because it is interesting and can help you develop some useful skills.