Monday, November 17, 2014

News: Rotherham Ready for Global Entrepreneurship Week

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This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world's largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship, and Rotherham Ready and Rotherham Youth Enterprise are running a number of events to help young people become an enterprising employee or budding entrepreneur.


Rotherham Ready is an award-winning enterprise education programme that is being replicated across the UK and is an official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It supports schools across Rotherham to develop a 4-19 enterprise entitlement meaning that young people develop the skills and qualities they need to face the future with confidence.

"Spinning out" into national social enterprise, Ready Unlimited, it has won international acclaim after helping transform school performance by showing teachers how to embed enterprise learning approaches in lessons for pupils as young as four years old.

Rotherham Youth Enterprise provides self-employment support and advice for young adults in the area. They encourage young people (up to the age of 30) to explore business ideas and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be their own boss.

Today will see the winners of the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards announced at the Local Employment Advisory Forum (LEAF). The awards, now in their ninth year, cover all sectors and look to recognise the achievements of business owners under the age of 30. Taking place at Magna, the LEAF event is being organised by Rotherham Council and housing maintenance contractor, Mears.

Businesses will get the opportunity to speak to young people and job seekers about the employment opportunities they may have within their companies, and the employability skills and qualifications needed to access them. Those seeking to improve their skills and receive advice on returning to the employment market are invited to come along to the Rotherham LEAF to obtain practical support and find out more about careers.

The event will focus on young people for the morning session and adult jobseekers and college students in the afternoon.

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With this year's theme of "Get Connected," Global Entrepreneurship Week sees millions of people in 150 countries participate in bootcamps, pitch competitions, networking events, policy roundtables, mentoring sessions and more.

In Rotherham, GEW will see the culmination of the "Doing the Biz Team Challenge 2014" with students aged between 16-19 studying Art & Design/ Fashion, Business and Enterprise in Rotherham schools and colleges, tasked by Rotherham Youth Enterprise to design an image that can be printed on to a T-shirt, prepare a business plan that outlines theirs ideas for running a T-shirt design business and make a short presentation to a panel of judges from business and enterprise across Rotherham.

Another challenge running in Rotherham sees schools and colleges connected with a business from a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related industry to work together to design a product or service.

Individual schools are also getting involved, including Anston Greenlands who are hosting a "Filey Festival" and Winterhill's ready hub will see local schools come together to plan their Christmas Fairs.

Rotherham Ready website

Images: GEW

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