MARR College has welcomed a new enterprise to help them prepare for future employment.

South Ayrshire have been working with the Prince’s Trust and Developing Young Workforce Ayrshire (DYW) to get ‘Creation Station’ up and running, allowing pupils to invent and produce hot drinks and smoothies to then be sold to customers.

Some £7000 has be invested into the enterprise project and a further £5640 of funding will be allocated to set up a nail bar, named ‘Style and File’, which will be launched in May.

Cllr William Grant, said: “These projects are ideal, not only do they provide practical experience which the young people can use when they leave school, they also build confidence and transferrable skills.

“There is a lot of emphasis on academic achievement in schools but practical experience can be important too. There is a thriving hospitality sector in and around Troon so this training could be vital as a gateway to employment.”

Elaine McGregor-Sloman, Head Teacher at Marr College, added: “Improving customer care skills could make a big difference to those taking part. They are also learning how to set up and run a business which is inspirational.

“I’m looking forward to the nail bar launching in May as we give even more of our young people the chance to succeed beyond the classroom.”