Sarah’s Young Enterprise experience CREATEs life-changing opportunities

Young Enterprise alumna, Sarah Semple, had a great experience last year taking part in the Company Programme.  She is now, still at Omagh Academy, but working as an Intern with the Northern Ireland Science Park through Generation Innovation in working on CREATE:2015, an entirely youth-led event that aims to inspire those destined to work in the creative industries.

The event starts at 9am tomorrow morning (17th Sept 2015) at The Playhouse in Derry-Londonderry and features speakers from Coder Dojo, Brewbot, BBC, Playstation UK among others.

Last year, along with her classmates at Omagh Academy, she started ‘Shiny Stars’, a company with an aim to educate young people on oral hygiene and selling toothbrush gift sets.

Sarah receives the Young Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Future Award for the South West area from Education Minister, John O'Dowd.
Sarah receives the Young Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Future Award for the South West area from Education Minister, John O’Dowd.

She explains: “I started the company programme this time last year and taking part in it has taught me some invaluable skills and given me irreplaceable experience. While taking part in the company programme as well as learning the framework to running a business I developed my entrepreneurial streak. The people I have met and the opportunities I have had since taking part in the company programme have been simply amazing.”

She was introduced to Generation Innovation through a partnership Young Enterprise.

“The Young Enterprise company programme led me to get involved with Generation Innovation, which is a programme run by Northern Ireland Science Park for Northern Ireland’s most innovative, creative and entrepreneurial teenagers.

“After becoming part of the Generation Innovation alumni even more opportunities flew in and I was awarded a place on the Create 2015 team. Create 2015 is an event initiated and led by 6 young people from across Northern Ireland in partnership with CultureTech and Generation Innovation who are aiming to inspire the next generation of thinkers, makers and creators. It will take place on September 17th in The Playhouse Derry/Londonderry and will feature a range of fascinating and globally renowned speakers from within the creative economy, as well as BBC presenter Kate Russell who will be hosting the event, and a variety of interactive and hands-on workshops facilitated by industry professionals. “

As a Young Enterprise alumna, Sarah was delighted with the opportunities that the charity opened for her and the impact this will have on her long term future in life and in work.

“If it wasn’t for the Young Enterprise company programme experience I would have never had the opportunities to get involved in great things! I would whole heartedly encourage as many young people as possible to get involved with the company programme as it can give you unthinkable opportunities as well as skills, knowledge and experience that could never be learned in a classroom! It helps and encourages you to see that you have the potential to do and achieve so much more.”

For more information on CREATE:2015 visit CREATE.to or follow @CreateHQ on Twitter.