Visit to Young Business Centre is a Huge Success
Year 11 students from Llangatwg Community School in Neath have
spent the morning at the Sandfields Young Business Centre in Port
Talbot to learn about the opportunities of self employment.
The school was the first to take part in a project run by Neath
Port Talbot Council in conjunction with Careers Wales West.
The pupils were taken on a tour of a number of small businesses
trading at the centre to see how they operate on a day to day
Three young entrepreneurs from the centre took time out to talk
to the pupils and one of them presented an overview of the bonuses
and pitfalls of self employment.
The team, comprising officers from the Neath Port Talbot Council
and Careers Wales West, then gave the pupils information on the
history of the Centre, loans and grants, accommodation, skills,
mentoring and the chance to join in a question and answer
All the pupils took away a business information pack and
received certificates for attending which contributes to their
Ben Mackenzie, a year 11 pupil from Llangatwg, said, "This has
been the best business studies trip we have been on to date. It was
informative and really helpful. Everyone made us feel really
"Making sure that young people know about self employment is
important when choosing their future careers," says Council Leader
"The best way to do this is to give them plenty of information
so that they are well informed in terms of support and