Our owner Laura takes a look at our enterprise work within the local community and the steps we are taking to inspire the next enterprising generation.
Looking to future generations…
I had some great individuals that provided inspiration when I looked at my career going forward and higher education. From teachers to family members to other local business. I’m hugely passionate in trying to repay this and inspire others like I was.
It’s one of the reasons I have jumped at the chance to work alongside some great companies reaching out to schools in order to encourage this amongst young children.
Take a look at some of the schemes I have been involved with over the years to encourage this and some of the fun I’ve had along the way!
At 18 I worked with a project called ‘Aim Higher‘ as an ambassador. This was encouraging children in secondary school to aim towards college. I helped in showing the benefits and work individuals could obtain from heading to college for A Levels. I would go in to schools and speak about how I was finding higher education and what my aspirations and aims in life were.
In 2014 – I worked alongside the ‘I Know I Can‘ Scheme. A great format in which children are given a small amount of money to build their own business. Some great businesses have come out of this scheme and continue to be a huge success!
It was also this year I was also fortunate to work alongside Doyle Security in helping to create a new ‘superhero’ for their brand. With the help of children from around the Barnsley Borough we created a fantastic new character. This certainly got the creative juices flowing and we had some great ideas!
When enterprising becomes fun!
In 2017 – I was asked to work alongside another business which later become ‘Primary Enterprise Challenge‘. I continue to work alongside this great scheme which aims to go into schools with a challenge. Children create a new idea based on a theme given by the creators. More recently it was Radio. I’m pleased to see that children are being encouraged to think creatively and look at the arts for careers.
This has been a great format and is one of the best I’ve seen for work amongst primary schools.
More recently this year I’ve started to work with ‘Ahead Partnership‘ based in Leeds. Another type of format – this sees individuals from the world of work head into schools and create small activities based on their job role. I’m looking forward to working alongside them on future days.
I would have loved more of this at school when I as going through education ad if you’re a teacher thinking about bringing something like this to your school I would hugely recommend it. Gone are the days of career interviews and boring talks. In a world of YouTube, Facebook and SnapChat – the pressure is on have to create something more engaging and entertaining for children to get involved in!
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Laura – CPC