A gem of an idea for business

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GAINING an HND in business at Dundee College armed one East Neuk girl with the skills to go out and win an enterprise apprenticeship.

Shannen Scott was just one of hundreds of Dundee College students who attended the formal gowned awards ceremony in the city’s Caird Hall.

Since leaving college in the summer Shannen has embraced the role of youth opportunities apprentice with Apprenticeships In Scotland, a non-profit company run by people aged between 16-24, designed to encourage entrepreneurship, match potential employees with organisations and demonstrate that young people can run a business effectively.

Since taking the role, the former Waid Academy pupil has attended conferences and seminars all over the country including the STF (Scottish Training Federation) conference at Crieff Hydro and the Youth Employment Conference in Holyrood.

Closer to home the Anstruther resident is looking forward to returning to her old school to help spread the entrepreneurial message.

“My team and I are working with Fife Council to deliver the Enterprise Game, a board game designed to inspire business thinking, within Fife High Schools,” said the 20-year-old.

“The idea behind it is to go back to our old high schools and teach young pupils the game and encourage enterprise. We will then be delivering the games to other high schools within Fife on a larger scale.”

Shannen also finds time to run her own jewellery business, designing, making and selling her own bracelets, earrings and pendants.

“As well as studying business at school I did art so I combined the two with Shannen’s Boutique,” explained the entrepreneur.

“It may have started out as a hobby but I take it very seriously now and am working with a web developer to create a website.”