Charlotte Bosworth, OCR’s Director of Skills and Employment, has welcomed Lord Young’s new report on the importance of fostering enterprise within education published on 19 June.
In ‘Enterprise for All’, Lord Young, Enterprise Adviser to the Prime Minister, outlines his ideas for how to create a lifelong experience of enterprise in education.
Charlotte Bosworth said: “As part of OCR’s contribution to the review, we raised many of the issues that appeared in today’s report. It is encouraging to see proposals including an ‘Enterprise Passport’. What will be key to making the proposals a success in ‘real life’ will be ensuring teachers and educators are fully bought in.”
OCR’s work with the The Entrepreneurial Education Group is helping to do just that. TEEG has recently run the first training course for teachers who wish to specialise in encouraging enterprise in schools.
Charlotte continued: “We work with a number of partners who offer teacher training, resources and events as we are fully aware that a number of elements are required to ensure that the 3 ‘E’s - enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability - become an embedded part of any curriculum.”
“It is more important than ever to encourage a stronger enterprise and entrepreneur culture in the UK. The report will help get the message across that a sense of entrepreneurship, good ideas, taking an initiative and seizing opportunities are not the preserve of the few or just those wishing to start a business.
“At OCR, we have recently developed our own bespoke set of qualifications to recognise achievement in the world of enterprise. ‘Being Entrepreneurial’ is a value-for-money qualification suite that builds the entrepreneurial mind-set. The qualification was designed with young entrepreneurs so that the course content matches the expectations of those looking to make the most of the opportunity.”