In Global Entrepreneurship Week (18 to 24 November), OCR is delighted to support the launch of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge that took place today at Chelsea FC.
This year’s Premier League Enterprise Challenge will target young people in schools and colleges in areas local to 23 of the country’s top football clubs. Tasked with developing possible solutions to real-life challenges faced by football clubs, the Challenge also gives students a chance to achieve nationally-recognised OCR qualifications that reward their skills. One of the key real-life problems that the students of this year’s Challenge have been set is the task of better engagement with Premier League clubs’ international fans.
OCR has been involved with the Premier League Enterprise Academy programme and its annual Challenge for a number of years. Over 90,000 young people have taken part in courses that teach them the basics of business. This year, students who participate will be able to work towards new and relevant OCR qualifications such as Cambridge Employability and Being Entrepreneurial qualifications, designed to better prepare and motivate young people for the world of work. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has also committed its support to this enterprise education initiative for this year and next. The Final of the Enterprise Challenge will take place in April 2014 at the BIS Conference Centre in London.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, attended the launch of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground today. He said: “We know that there’s lots of unexplored potential in young people. The Premier League Challenge is an exciting and positive way of tapping into the popularity of football with boys and girls, and giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their business and entrepreneurial skills. We are delighted to be at the heart of this year’s initiative."
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