Alongside entrepreneurs such as Dragons’ Den’s Theo Paphitis, OCR’s Director of Skills and Employment, Charlotte Bosworth, has helped to launch the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge for 2014.
The National Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition open to all secondary schools in the UK which gives young people a chance to show off their business skills and ideas. School teams can compete in two age categories: Years 7 and 8, or Years 9 and 10.
The Year 9 and 10 challenge for 2014 will be set by the social enterprise business Gandys, with continued sponsorship by OCR. The Years 7 and 8 challenge is set by Ryman Stationery.
Charlotte also presented a cheque on behalf of OCR to Strood Academy in Kent, winners of the 2013 National Enterprise Challenge, to help their business idea come to fruition. The team from Strood were overjoyed when their idea got extra funding from Theo Paphitis, as well as Charmaine Eggberry, Director of Wayra Academy London where the launch event was held.
Charlotte spoke at the event: “I feel extremely lucky to be involved in The National Enterprise Challenge and OCR is proud to provide its continued support. I would encourage as many schools as possible to get involved.”
“OCR sees problem-solving as a vital quality for success in a wide variety of jobs, extending way beyond the business world. OCR’s new Being Entrepreneurial qualifications, inspired by the work with young entrepreneurs at the National Enterprise Challenge, now provide some much needed formal accreditation in this area and give a wide range of learners a new opportunity to develop and demonstrate their abilities.”
OCR has consulted with and taken inspiration from entrepreneurs to develop these qualifications that provide learners with the essential transferable skills that can be applied in future learning or everyday aspects of life in social or work situations. They provide learners with the opportunity to find out about what it is to be entrepreneurial, as well as to consider what skill and mind-sets are valuable to an individual, within a team and to employers.
Designed for use in schools and colleges at KS4 and post 16, Being Entrepreneurial are Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications that can be taught in short, easily-accessible, bite-sized units. With exam-free, flexible assessment (in the form of postal moderation), these qualifications are also well suited for use in offender learning programmes.
OCR has developed a comprehensive support package to help the teaching and learning for these new qualifications. This approach illustrates the value OCR places in providing engaging and practical activities to support both the practitioner and learner. OCR will shortly be announcing more exciting news about the support package for these qualifications
Take a look at the Being Entrepreneurial range.