A new network to help schools and colleges to encourage young entrepreneurs was launched on 22 January at Speaker’s House, House of Commons, in the presence of Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, Lord Young of Graffham and over 40 schools and colleges.
The network, called ‘The Entrepreneurial Education Group (TEEG, www.teeg.co.uk), is designed to help teachers and lecturers to develop the skills and the mindsets that make young people more employable plus nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs to start their own business.
TEEG is the brainchild of YES Education and OCR. YES Education (formerly the Young Entrepreneur Society) was founded by multi-award winning businesswoman, Carly Ward when she was just 19. Now 24, Carly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and is a role model for young people wanting to start their own business and an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. Carly is determined for more young people to consider starting their own business.
Schools, colleges, universities and other organisations who sign up for TEEG will be able to tap into a wide range of relevant services and benefits; including training for teachers, seminars, relevant qualifications, a directory of approachable employers, business mentors, specialist careers guidance, as well as participation in the National Enterprise Challenge and YES’ 12 Steps to Success programme. There is a membership fee which includes some services but many are on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, so members only pay for what they want.
As a provider of a wide range of qualifications, including ‘Being Entrepreneurial’, OCR has experience of motivating and rewarding the skills of young people so they equipped to move successfully into employment, or self-employment.
At the launch at Speaker’s House, the Skills Minister the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP was joined by Lord Young of Graffham, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Enterprise. Carly Ward and Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers took centre stage and shared their experiences of setting up their own businesses. Frances Bishop from The King Edward VI School, winner of the 2013 National Enterprise Challenge’s ‘Most Enterprising KS4 Student’ award, also gave details of her successful business idea, for an app, called ‘U Travel’, that helps people to identify the most efficient ways to travel locally.
Charlotte Bosworth, OCR’s Director of Skills and Employment said: “OCR believes that nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset should be as important as developing academic skills. We know that there are pockets of good practice but TEEG offers a way of helping to ensure that entrepreneurship becomes embedded into curriculum delivery in a much wider pool of schools and colleges.”
Carly Ward, CEO of YES Education added: “Entrepreneurship is a fantastic and viable career choice for young people and with greater awareness whilst young people are still in education more businesses will be started. TEEG will give our education sector all the tools they need in order to raise the importance of entrepreneurship and get this message across. If I can do it, anyone can! Entrepreneurs are the life blood of our economy and only entrepreneurs can create real jobs, wealth and prosperity in our competitive world.”
Schools, colleges and organisations who sign up for TEEG in order to access the services and benefits will be able to tap into a growing range of support for their students.