Thursday, August 4, 2011

News: NESTA could take Rotherham Ready national


Rotherham Council has been shortlisted to take part in the innovative "Creative Councils" programme that could see the award-winning enterprise education programme, Rotherham Ready, replicated across the UK.

Rotherham was one of just 17 councils from across the country selected to work intensively with the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and the LG Group over the coming months to challenge and develop their ideas, before five are selected to receive financial and non-financial support to put them into practice.

The Creative Councils programme, which launched in April, will support pioneering councils to develop, implement and spread transformational new approaches to meeting some of the biggest medium and long-term challenges facing communities and local services.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council submitted an idea to explore how the town's award winning enterprise education programme – Rotherham Ready – could be replicated nationally, creating a culture of enterprise in education.

Rotherham has a unique borough wide strategy for developing a culture of enterprise. Rotherham Ready, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, promotes enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout education and then Rotherham Youth Enterprise supports young people to start businesses in the town, with 232 youth businesses launched in the last five years.

This approach led to Rotherham being crowned The Most Enterprising Place in Britain last November, beating off stiff competition from across Great Britain in the prestigious Enterprising Britain competition, headed up by Dragon's Den Star, Peter Jones.

Ready programmes have been developed in other parts of Yorkshire and the Humber, supported by the Young People's Enterprise Forum. Hull Ready, North Lincolnshire Ready, Calderdale Ready and Scarborough Ready have all been launched.

Rotherham Ready recently launched a national brand – "Are You Ready?" – supported by Channel 4's Secret Millionaire, Carl Hopkins.

Catherine Brentnall, Rotherham Ready ERDF Project Officer, said: "It's fantastic news that our approach to enterprise is recognised as having potential to transform communities across the UK. Developing a culture of enterprise in education and supporting youth business is crucial for a dynamic economy, long term growth and to enable young people to fulfil their potential. We are excited about working with NESTA and the LG Group to see how our ideas could be taken to scale."

Rotherham Ready website
Are You Ready? website



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