I’ve been proud to be involved with an amazing project over the last year that will finally come to full fruition in the spring of 2012. Schools Teaching Enterprise Programme, or STEPteam as we like to call it, is a year-in-the-making initiative that teaches primary school children about the ins-and-outs of running a successful business.
Working with social entrepreneur Jamie Tosh and the truly creative talents of Kathryn and Howard Rushfirth of Rushfirth Creative who created the course material, we have managed to produce what we believe is one of the most innovative enterprise education tools available anywhere today.
The course has already received high praise from educational organisations such as Are You Ready and from business phenomenon The Yorkshire Mafia. The programme has also received a glowing endorsement from youth enterprise charity The Prince’s Trust.
In short, the course grabs youngsters at an early age- and helps instil a sense of self-belief that they could grow up to be a valuable member of the business community, not only providing income for themselves, but perhaps creating jobs and prosperity for the wider community.
Our goal is to provide the programme to 16,000 pupils over the course of 2012. We aim to do this through linking with the business community, who, for less than £250 can change the lives of of 32 children in their community.