Government plans to give young people lessons in enterprising

Young people are to be given the opportunity to develop enterprise skills such as innovation, creativity, risk management and business understanding under new government plans.

Education and skills secretary, Charles Clarke, launched the guidance at the London Stock Exchange today, saying enterprise education was vital to our future economic success.

“This isn’t just about growing the next generation of entrepreneurs; enterprise skills will be valuable to all young people,” he said. “A can-do, enterprising mindset offers powerful benefits for individuals, such as more personal control, self-expression and recognition in their lives.”

The guidance is part of a wider Enterprise Education strategy, which includes:

  • £60m funding from September 2005 that will support new focus on enterprise education, announced as part of the 2002 Spending Review

  • Enterprise advisers, funded by the Learning and Skills Council, who are working alongside head teachers in nearly 1,000 secondary schools in the most disadvantaged areas, to encourage enterprise among teachers and pupils.

  • An Enterprise Education entitlement from September 2005, which will provide all Key Stage 4 pupils with the equivalent of five days’ activity which develops enterprise capability.

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