Year 11 Given Food For Thought

RBAI has once again hosted the annual Year 11 Young Enterprise Masterclass which is a joint event with Victoria College. This year it was a Food & Drink Masterclass in recognition of 2016 being NI’s year of Food & Drink. Groups of students were challenged to put together a business plan for a new food product for one of 6 local food retailers. They considered working for Tayto, Genesis Crafty, Mash Direct and Dale Farm among others.

Throughout the morning, groups were guided by volunteers from both Belfast City Council and Invest NI and all the activities gave them an opportunity to develop their skills of teamwork, communication and creativity. Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us as well as the Young Enterprise staff who facilitated the event.

John Elliott of Clements Coffee was our guest speaker and he talked to pupils about how he started his business and he really inspired the pupils with his story and challenged everyone to grasp the opportunities they are given. With the Food & Drink Industry contributing £5 billion local economy and local businesses now exporting to more than 70 countries, pupils were certainly given food for thought regarding their future careers.


John Elliot from Clements Coffee


The objectives for the day


Boys from 11J working on their business plan


Groups worked with volunteers from Invest NI and Belfast City Council


Winners of Best Presentation and Most Creative Idea


Girls from VCB and boys from RBAI work together