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Every year, Young Enterprise works with young people to develop the skills, attitudes and aspirations that they will need to succeed in the workplace. Through a series of programmes, they inspire young people to discover why the skills for work are the skills for life. Enterprise education through ‘learning by doing’ is the answer to both employers’ needs and young people’s futures.
The Flagship Young Enterprise Programme is aimed at Students in Years 10 – 12 and is a project that lasts one academic year. It is an Extra Curricular activity with students spending 1 to 1.5 hours a week developing their business ideas. Teams of up to 25 students are partnered with a local volunteer business adviser.
Budding entrepreneurs of the 6th Form team ‘Rework’ from Trinity School, Teignmouth did very well in winning the Devon and Somerset final which was held at the Met Office HQ in Exeter. The team were chosen as Overall Winners of this final by a panel of experienced judges, and they also carried off the award for the Best Company Report. Even more exciting, local business Darts Farm has agreed to sell some of Rework’s designs, notably the key rings made from recycled bicycle chain.
This year’s overall South West winners were ‘The Seaweed Gardeners’ from Truro School, Cornwall who developed their passion for the environment into relevant recycling projects and into seaweed products that are now on general sale. More information: http://theseaweedgardener.wix.com/cornwall
There is a cost in providing the Young Enterprise programme as Business Advisers and Teachers are fully supported by the Young Enterprise team every step of the way. Registration for each student group is £750. As schools may find it difficult to allocate this sum, local businesses are encouraged to sponsor teams as part of their business adviser role. Exeter City Council is sponsoring St James’ School in Exeter for the next programme starting in September 2016.
If you would like to support local young people in this way, please e-mail the Young Enterprise Manager for Devon at firstname.lastname@example.org