Students from Bolton College combined their artistic abilities and entrepreneurial skills for the second national Love your Local Market event – which takes place at Bolton Market between 15 to 29 May.
The groups – made up of students from the foundation learning department – designed and created a range of items to sell, including: t-shirts, key rings, art works and wooden carvings and sold them under their brand name, ‘Young at Art’.
Bolton College student, Shaan Khan,18, said: “We’ve had so much fun making our products and selling them at the market. Becoming a market trader for the day was a great experience and we also made a profit on our items, which was a definite bonus!”
Suzanne Watson, Head of Area for Foundation Learning department at Bolton College, said: “The Love your Local Market initiative has been a fantastic opportunity for our learners. It’s given them the chance to showcase their talents and also build on skills to help with their future pathways in education and work.
“Some learners in the foundation learning department need to improve their English and maths skills before they can move into their vocational area. The Love your Local Market project has been excellent opportunity to grow skills in these areas, especially in softer skills such as employability and customer service. Other students have additional learning or sensory needs and this project has enabled their participation and employability chances too.
“It’s extremely important that all students are encouraged to interact with and work face-to-face with the general public. It not only helps their confidence, but also greatly increases their chance of finding future employment – something that we strive for all our students at Bolton College.”
Love your Local Market is a national campaign in its second year. The event dedicated to building support for local markets across the UK and providing an affordable opportunity for new traders to showcase their products and test out the market.