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OCR’s innovative ‘Being Entrepreneurial’ qualification, created after detailed consultation with existing young entrepreneurs and designed as formal accreditation to recognise the skills, aptitude and approach required by students with aspirations to turn an idea into business reality, is beginning to make a telling contribution when it comes to inspiring the next generation of budding business leaders.
‘Being Entrepreneurial’ has been used by The Premier League to support its annual Enterprise Challenge in which 23 participating football clubs strive to work with hard-to-reach youngsters and help them gain a foothold in the world of business, work and employability. Some participating students have also taken the opportunity to obtain the OCR qualification as a formal recognition of a successful learning achievement. This year, more than 3,000 young people aged between 14 and 19 took part as team members in the challenge with 40 of the selected semi-finalists working towards the Level 2 qualification.
As a key example of OCR’s commitment to the enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability sector, the ‘Being Entrepreneurial’ qualification is providing learners with the opportunity to find out what it is to be entrepreneurial, as well as to consider the skills required to succeed from an employment perspective. Such skills range from problem solving to being a good communicator, as well as using research and coping with change.
Charlotte Bosworth, OCR Director of Skills and Employment, commented: “The ‘Being Entrepreneurial’ qualification has had a significant impact since launch with many teaching institutions interested in its innovative content and approach. We are also delighted to have supported the Premier League Enterprise Challenge by providing a qualification that can encourage young people to think about the world of business and obtain the essential transferable skills which will be vital for whatever career path they take.
“It is vital to embed entrepreneurial mind sets and attributes so learners understand the importance and role of self-belief, taking initiative, understanding risk-taking, demonstrating determination, and having the right attitude towards failure. Such mind sets are invaluable when it comes to developing a successful career and we are delighted that our new qualification was selected by the Premier League to play an important role in helping to inspire our next generation of budding entrepreneurs.”
Peta Bistany, Director of Planning and Projects at The Premier League, added: “The Premier League clubs use their position of popularity to work closely with local communities and engage fans in meaningful activity. Through the Enterprise Challenge, supported by OCR, we’re encouraging young people to develop valuable skills for the future and teach them in an innovative way.”
This year’s Enterprise Challenge asked teams of young people what they would do to develop a club’s fan base in Africa and the USA, with each team tasked with ‘pitching’ their business proposals to an expert judging panel at an event in London. Building a worldwide fan base is a strategic business objective for many leading teams as they seek to capitalise upon the global popularity of English football’s top tier. The winning team was named as the West Ham United Kicks. As part of winning the Enterprise Challenge, the students received an iPad mini each and will have the opportunity to meet the Premier League’s Chief Executive Richard Scudamore and the Prime Minister’s enterprise adviser Lord Young at 10 Downing Street later this year.
Take a look at our video about the recent Enterprise Challenge event.