Earlier this week we spent a day with some students from Year Groups 9 and 10 at Furness Academy, Barrow. The project was an 'apprentice' type challenge for the students as part of their Enterprise module. We worked with 2 different groups and showed them some basic willow weaving ideas and suggested ways of marketing the items that they would make. We also suggested ways of supplementing their supplies of material and how to increase the value of handmade items.
The plan is for each group to create and market some willow items in whatever ways they feel to be appropriate. As on the tv programme The Apprentice to group making the most profit wins the contest. The children are excited by this challenge and are already coming up with some interesting ideas.