Local students embraced a spirit of business and entrepreneurship at a masterclass event in Lisburn recently to develop their understanding of the business world and widen their career prospects beyond the traditional sectors. 
The Entrepreneurship Masterclass was delivered by local charity Young Enterprise NI in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Labour Market Partnership.
Over 50 students aged 14 to 17 attended the event in Lagan Valley Island, which is hoped to encourage the business and entrepreneurial culture of the area and enable students to develop a stronger foundation of skills that will help them flourish into business leaders of the future.
Many local entrepreneurs spoke to the students, giving them an insight into their own career paths and insights into industry. 
Councillor John Laverty BEM, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Regeneration and Growth Committee, praised the event which was funded by the Department for Communities (DfC).
He said: “The event encouraged students with strong interests and aptitudes in entrepreneurship to explore the idea of setting up their own business someday. I hope the students were inspired and motivated to pursue their business goals and I wish them well for the future.”
Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive with Young Enterprise NI, added: "We commend the council for supporting the education system in the development of young people and the application of their business knowledge. Many young people have no experience of applying entrepreneurial skills in the workplace and don't always realise the growing significance of this to employers across a range of sectors. This programme will equip them with the skills they need to develop bright careers in whatever industry they choose.”