Plans Under Way

PLANS UNDER WAY FOR COMPETITION

Plans are already under way for this year’s Swansea Bay Young Business Dragons competition.

Organisers are delighted that the competition will be even bigger in 2013.  It challenges 14-15 year old school students to demonstrate the best of their business skills and this year, in addition to schools from Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire participating, Pembrokeshire schools will be taking part.

The students compete at a school level during July, the best team then going forward in October to a County semi-final competition where two schools are chosen to represent the area in the Grand Final in November.  Since the competition’s inception two years ago, Neath Port Talbot schools have triumphed on both occasions – St. Josephs Comprehensive in 2011 and Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in 2012.

Students are challenged to develop a business idea.  This year, the theme is based around developing new ideas using the spectacular South West Wales coastline.

The competition is being organised by the South West Wales Enterprise Group which comprises the Local Authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Carmarthenshire, Gower College, Careers Wales and the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership.

The main sponsor this year is Carillion and Wales and West Utilities have already pledged support.  The South Wales Evening Post will be hosting the Grand Final and promoting the competition together with the Wave.

More than 50 local business people give of their time to help and support the school teams.

Further information on the competition is available from Lynette Grey, Lifelong Learning Service, Neath Port Talbot C.B.C. on (01639) 898581 or l.grey1@npt.gov.uk