Students go green in Money for Life challenge

Eilidh Whiteford with the Mad About Plants team at the Fraserburgh campus.
Eilidh Whiteford with the Mad About Plants team at the Fraserburgh campus.

As part of the 2015 Money for Life Challenge, North East Scotland College’s Towards Employment students have taken a green approach to demonstrate their effective money management skills.

The second year class invested a grant of £200 in a “Mad about Plants” enterprise, creating and selling a wide variety of planters and arrangements in the local community.

North East Scotland College has a wide range of provision open to individuals with additional needs. This includes dedicated courses like the Towards Employment programme, Preparation for Work and Qualifications for Work courses.

More than 95 students are enrolled on these courses – some in Aberdeen and some in Fraserburgh.

Janice Smith, Horticulture lecturer says, “The Money for Life Challenge is a chance for the students to develop their financial skills and see how money can literally grow! We are hoping to get the message across that it doesn’t cost a lot to grow plants, anyone can do it and that plants contribute to a good healthy environment.”

The students welcomed the support of Dr Eilidh Whiteford, MP, who joined them at Fraserburgh Campus to look at some of the creations on offer.

Dr Whiteford commented: “I was impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit of the students and wish them luck in their bid to win the national competitions that they have entered.

“This project is really equipping the young people with the skills and qualities that they will need to draw on in working life and I commend them for their hard work.”

The Mad about Plants team have raised more than £300 in sales to date and, in true entrepreneurial spirit, this will be ploughed into the next green fingered project on the horizon.

The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition which provides grants for 16 to 24 year olds to run a project to improve money management skills in their communities.