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Youngsters face high-tech challenge

PUBLISHED: 13:24 03 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

PUPILS in Woodbridge were today being given a taste of running their own high-tech company in a challenge against another school.

PUPILS in Woodbridge were today being given a taste of running their own high-tech company in a challenge against another school.

Farlingaye High School was taking part in the Industry Simulation Day and was given help from Brightstar and BTexact Technologies, based at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, to set up virtual companies.

A total of 400 pupils aged 14 and above from Farlingaye and the Benjamin Britten School in Lowestoft, set up 20 companies and competed for business growth.

The aim was to encourage young people to find out about high-tech industries and gain an understanding about the complex nature of today's business world.

Farlingaye head teacher Sue Hargadon said: ''As a teacher I am conscious that we need to prepare our pupils and give them a real understanding of the challenges they may face once they leave school. Exposing them to business skills and an entrepreneurial culture at an early age can only be advantageous to them.

''I see joint initiatives with organisations such as BTexact Technologies and Brightstar as mutually beneficial. They set a good example and can illustrate first hand the benefits, rewards, hard work and commitment that students will need to succeed in life.''

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