It’s good to report that despite the doom and gloom in the press about how unprepared many school leavers are for the workplace there are groups and individuals willing to roll their sleeves up and do something to address the issues.
I and two other What’s Right CIC members (a local Bristol business networking group), Rebecca Jenkins from Results with Marketing and management accountant Steve Tasker, spent a really good day yesterday with 25 young people as part of the Young Enterprise programme at the Digitech Studio School.
Young Enterprise partner with schools and employers to run initiatives which make business more relevant for young people. The aim is to give young people relevant business skills and experience to inspire the entrepreneurs (and employees!) of the future.
The charity provides opportunities which include career workshops, running a business for a year and business mentoring, all to give students better work skills and experience, which is excellent for participants, (there are currently over 1 million unemployed school leavers in the UK), and very good news for employers too.
A cracking day was had by all!
After initial introductions, exercises and discussions we got working on the small business challenge. I was really blown-away by how engaged the 16 year olds were and how much work they got done in the time.
It was a real pleasure to work with Team 2; Marcus, Ethan and Tom who put together a great plan and their presentation was spot on. The icing on the cake was winning the team award at the end of the day.
Feedback from the team was, “We had a great time and learnt a lot”, thanks guys! I learnt a lot too!
A big thank-you to Caroline Tarbuck from Young Enterprise West of England for a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating day.
Young Enterprise is already working with nearly a quarter of a million young people a year, but given the challenges facing school leavers and students today they believe it’s critical to expand their work to ensure young people can achieve their full potential. The charity is aiming to deliver over 100,000 hours of enterprise learning to transform the aspirations of thousands of youngsters.
Young Enterprise is always on the look-out for business volunteers like me and my What’s Right colleagues – so why not get in touch with them.
Digitech Studio School
This newly launched Bristol school wants to inspire and develop the next generation of enterprising young people. The school believes that the future prosperity of the UK economy depends on young people being better prepared for work. Their vision is to work with as many local employers and businesses as possible to ensure that students gain the skills required to be successful in the high tech and creative digital industries.