OCR is funding students across the UK in this year’s ’s National Enterprise Challenge, which seeks to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and assist young people in developing key life skills.

Teams of school children, aged between 11 and 15, from 10 schools spread across the Midlands, the North West and the North East, will be able to compete in the challenge thanks to the support of OCR, enabling all students equal opportunities to succeed.

Groups from Adeyfield School in Hemel Hempstead; Llandau Forte in Tamworth; Trentham High School in Stoke; Dearne Advanced Learning Centre Near Barnsley; Darton Community near Barnsley; Priory School in Shrewsbury; Fairfield High School in Herefordshire; West Kirby Grammar in Liverpool; Endon High School in Staffordshire Moorlands; Alvechurch Middle School in Worcestershire will participate in qualifying stages of this year’s ’s National Enterprise Challenge throughout the next few months.  The winning team from each school will then go on to the national finals this July where they will compete against up to 100 schools, pitching their idea and participating in a Q and A session with Dragon’s Den stalwart Theo Paphitis.

The challenges are tailor-made, real life business situations that offer students the opportunity to develop enterprising skills, leadership skills, time management, teamwork, confidence building, communication skills and public speaking.  This year students will either be tasked with developing a new pencil case or a new flip flop for the social enterprise Gandy’s Flip Flops.

Charlotte Bosworth, Director of Skills and Employment at OCR comments: “It is generally accepted that the country needs higher numbers of young entrepreneurs to support economic growth and build new, exciting businesses. The National Enterprise Challenge provides young people with fundamental skills they can build on to help establish a strong enterprise and entrepreneurial culture.

“By supporting schools across the UK, we are helping to spread the message that entrepreneurship, good ideas, taking an initiative and seizing opportunities are not the preserve of the few.  Regardless of background, geographic location or individual ability, everyone has the same chance to succeed if supported, motivated and enabled and we’re delighted to be able to help students take part in this incredible opportunity.”

Oli Docksey, Delivery Director at National Enterprise Challenge adds: “We are delighted to continue our excellent relationship with OCR through the support of these schools. The support will enable up to 2500 pupils to take part in the competition who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. We also support the development of the being entrepreneurial qualifications which show that they understand the needs of the young people of today.”

As well as supporting the laudable aim of the National Enterprise Challenge, OCR has also recently developed its own bespoke set of qualifications to recognise achievement in the world of enterprise.   ‘Being Entrepreneurial’ is a value for money qualification suite, based on programmes established in close consultation with current young entrepreneurs so that the course content matches the expectations of those looking to make the most of the opportunity.

Source- – The Further Education, Skills & Employability Communication Network

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