LORD sugar’s next junior apprentice could be up against some tough competition from a group of ethical pioneers.
A group of Kirklees youngsters are well on their way to starting up a successful Fairtrade business.
They will be linking up with teenagers over in Kenya to source a Fairtrade product to import and sell in Kirklees’ shops.
The Fairtrade project is a partnership between the Pakistani Youth Forum (part of the Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance), Kirklees Young People’s Service and the Lorna Young Foundation. Community development worker Mumtaz Ali, from the Pakistani Youth Forum, is working with the group.
He said: “This is about establishing a business internationally. If they commit to it long term, we hope it will bring them out of their shells and give them valuable skills.”
One of the teenagers, Samiyah Ali, 15, said the group had surveyed shops in Kirklees to find out which Fairtrade products they were selling.
Later they collated all the information and presented it to Kirklees’ Council.
Samiyah, from Springwood, said: “Fairtrade is important because it is helping farmers in third world countries and it is doing something for other people.”
Mr Ali said the young people had come together from very different social, economic and cultural backgrounds.
He said:”“They have become really good friends and it has been great for social cohesion.
“It’s really good to show people that Fairtrade is what young people are getting into and it is the future.
“They aren’t all hoodies that hang around the streets causing trouble.
“It is about giving young people the chance to be more active citizens.
“If you give people the chance and the opportunity then they can really excel.”
The project will run for the next two years.