A brilliant idea to help stop people losing face masks has won accolades for a school in Ross-shire.
Some of the county’s budding young entrepreneurs have won national awards for their online advertising.
The best team from St Clement’s School in Dingwall have won the Best Publicity Award at Young Enterprise Scotland’s Festival of Youth Enterprise 2021.
The team’s winning online ad promoted its eye-catching range of handmade, colorful mask holders.
Inverness High School’s Highland Driftwood won Best Logo and Gordonstoun School’s Stoun Socks won the Overall Business of the Year award.
Denise Clark, a member of the YES Highland and Moray area team, also received recognition, winning the Volunteer of the Year award.
The Young Enterprise Scotland Company and Team programs for Highland and Moray are run in partnership with local schools to encourage young people to take up the challenges of running a business or social enterprise.
Over the course of a year, teams of 15 to 19 year olds from individual schools design and manufacture products, market them and manage the financial side of the business. Students are supported by teachers, a volunteer business advisor from the local community and a YES sector team.
Linda Thomas, President of YES Highland and Moray, said: “This year more than most of our youth teams have faced tremendous challenges and shown determination, flair and ingenuity to overcome them. We are extremely proud of them all.
“With the real difficulties faced by young people when looking for a job, the experience acquired in the framework of the Junior Enterprise programs is invaluable. We see all the students who participate gain in confidence over the year and, as they learn to work as a team, they find creative solutions to problems and learn to respond to change. All of this is great preparation for the world of work, especially in today’s unprecedented climate of uncertainty.