Secondary Level

The South Cork Schools Enterprise Programme is an enterprise education programme that aims to provide support to second level schools throughout the South Cork region wishing to embrace entrepreneurial projects and stimulate business skills within their schools curriculum. The South Cork Schools Enterprise Programme is funded by the Local Enterprise Office South Cork.

A range of interactive enterprise activities are organised during the schools year to encourage students from 1st – 6th year to learn more about entrepreneurship and what’s involved in setting up and running a business.

Students can run an enterprise company on their own or in a team of five or less.

The South Cork Schools Programme runs from September to March. For the winning Student Enterprise Company, the programme runs until April (The National Final).

Student enterprise awards

What are the benefits of the Schools Enterprise Programme:

  • Practical uses for in class learning such as business studies topics are asserted, through combing classroom learning with real life experience
  • The programme enhances creativity and improves communication skills
  • Participation in the Programme will encourage students to consider self-employment as a career choice in the future. It is at second level that students will start thinking about their future career, therefore, exposure to entrepreneurship can have the highest impact
  • Access to business mentors and Local Enterprise Office, South Cork representatives to guide students in the right direction
  • Opportunities to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the local community
  • South Cork Schools Co-ordinator is available at all times to answer any queries and provide support throughout the Programme
  • For the students themselves, in addition to the obvious life-long benefits, they can potentially win some excellent prizes if successful
  • Schools who participate in the Student Enterprise Awards benefit from excellent PR
  • Excellent support tools are in place for teachers and students

For further information please contact:

Local Enterprise Office South Cork

The Business Growth Hub

Cork County Council

Carrigrohane Road


Tel: 021 4285200