The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s budding entrepreneurs were lavished with praise at the quality of their products at Spitalfields Craft Market’s Young Enterprise competition last month. The products on sale had been carefully made and crafted by a dedicated team.

Months earlier, the learners were visited by guest teacher Tonia Lobefaro who all the way from Turin in Northern Italy.  Around twelve learners took part to make the bags to sell as part of the Enterprise module on their courses.

Tonia and learners created a step by step guide to cut out, sew, stitch and decorate the bags with their unique designs.

The judges awarded the products 90 out of 100, and were very impressed.  Their suggestions were to carry on with the theme to create iPhone and iPad cases. They commented that the team was highly creative, and gave additional points for upcycling.

In terms of their ability to sell, Alex was praised as one of the top salespeople and the team were awarded 80 out of a hundred overall.

Alex said, “I made my bag from old clothes. I picked the material and cut it with scissors. The material was ironed and then the bag was pinned. I enjoyed making the bag.”

Elliott Chau, who recently won a College Excellence Award, said: “We are from the school of Supported Learning, the Pathway to Employment years 1 and 2. Our class is known as the Young Entrepreneurs Group and we make products for sale. We invited Tonia from Italy to help us make bags out of recycled jumpers and we hope that in the future we will be producing more.”

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