Could you be the next James Dyson or Karren Brady?
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Hampshire County Council is seeking to drive up the rate of entrepreneurship in the county through its new enterprise education programme.
With icons such as James Dyson, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to aspire to, 20 secondary schools across the County have signed up to receive enterprise master classes with local business people to inspire and educate their students on how to develop business ideas and create start up companies.
Throughout the year students will be motivated to develop enterprising skills such as: identifying business opportunities, creative thinking and problem solving, communication and presentation skills, teamwork and leadership, negotiation and decision making, managing risk and responding to change.
Enterprise Education will provide real life experience of what is involved in setting up and running a business by getting students to develop a product or service, create business plans, carry out market research, market and sell a product or service and manage company finances.
The programme will also help teachers increase their awareness of enterprise and/or local businesses, to enable them to embed enterprise in key curriculum areas such as science and technology and help them better engage students to think about enterprise as a future career option.
The programme, called 'Innovating for the Future', was created and is being delivered in partnership with a consortium consisting of the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership (programme lead), Basingstoke Consortium, First Partnership and Solent Education Business Partnership.
Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward said: "Driving up rates of entrepreneurship in the County will really help stimulate Hampshire's economy and what better way than inspiring our next generation. With schools no longer required to provide work related learning the programme will help increase the awareness of self-employment as a real option for young people when they are facing an ever increasing competitive job market."
Cath Longhurst, Chief Executive of the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to run this programme in schools. We hope that the experience of setting up and running a business, and having access to real business people to give their support, will inspire many young people to go on and establish their own enterprises in the future."
The 20 schools which have signed up to the programme are:
Applemore College (Dibden Purlieu,Southampton)
Bishop Challoner Catholic Voluntary Aided School (Basingstoke)
Crofton School (Stubbington, Fareham)
Everest Community Academy (Basingstoke)
Fernhill School & Language Centre (Farnborough)
Frogmore Community College (Yateley)
The Hayling College (Hayling Island)
Henry Cort Community College (Fareham)
Hounsdown School (Totton)
John Hanson Community School (Andover)
New Forest Academy (Holbury, Southampton)
Noadswood School (Dibden Purlieu, Southampton)
The Petersfield School (Petersfield)
Prospect School (Havant)
Quilley School of Engineering (Eastleigh)
The Toynbee School (Chandlers Ford)
The Vyne Community School (Basingstoke)
Warblington School (Havant)
The Westgate School (Winchester)
Winton Community Academy (Andover)