Pupils prepare for Dragons Den-style pitch

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Aspiring Duncan Bannatynes enjoyed a brain training session in an enterprising event at the Barrhead Foundry this week.

S3 pupils from St Ninians, St Lukes, Williamwood, Eastwood High, Woodfarm and Mearns Castle High spent the morning taking part in a workshop to improve and inspire their leadership, creativity and innovation skills.

The event helped to focus and motivate the youngsters who’ve been tasked to come up with an idea that could help East Renfrewshire Council make money or save money.

Pupils undertook a series of mental tasks including how to build a structure using up to 20 strands of dried spaghetti and one marshmallow, with guest speaker Michael Kearns.

Over the next few weeks the youngsters will work on their enterprising ideas. In September they will face the ‘Dragon’s Den’ and pitch their proposals to the council’s corporate management team.

The winning plan will receive the appropriate investment from the corporate management team in the form of finance, time, equipment and expertise.