Budding young entrepreneurs opened their very own department store for the day on Friday to sell their handmade products to Christmas shoppers.
Chocolates, Victorian-style gifts, hand carved wooden animals and healthy food and recipe cards were on sale at the Skills to Shine Department Store – all the handiwork of Northumberland school pupils turned shopkeepers for the day.
The youngsters have spent the past six weeks perfecting a host of skills to allow them to craft their own exclusive products which went on sale in their pop-up shop in Blyth’s Keel Row Shopping Centre on Friday.
The children from Bedlingtonshire High School, Guide Post Middle School and Ashington High School, were mentored by local businesses to give them the skills to make their own confectionery, gifts, carvings and marketing materials to go on sale in the shop – with the schools keeping any money they make at the tills.
On offer was handmade sweets made by 11 youngsters from Bedlingtonshire High School, healthy food and recipe cards developed by Guide Post pupils, and wooden wildlife carvings made by Ashington High School pupils.
Will Close-Ash, assistant headteacher at Bedlingtonshire High School, said: “The young people have learnt some really important, hands-on skills such as leadership, teamwork and time management as well as learning about lots of different jobs available within the retail trade.
“These are the skills and the knowledge that employers are looking for and thanks to Skills to Shine the young people are getting these while working alongside businesses and employers.”
The use of the pop-up shop has kindly been donated by The Northumberland Estates.