Head Teachers and representatives of Bicester secondary schools recently met with Bicester Vision, Bicester Town Council and Young Enterprise at The Garth to celebrate a new community co-funded business and employability skills training initiative for Bicester teenagers; the first of its kind in Oxfordshire.
Photograph: Alison Rosier (Sixth Form Manager, The Bicester School), Richard Brown (Principal Designate, Bicester
Technology Studio), Mark Lambert (Business, Economics, Law and Sixth Form Enrichment Coordinator, The Cooper School),
Graeme Laws (Partnership Manager, Bicester Vision), Dean Woodham (Vice Principal Designate, Bicester Technology Studio), Tim Marston (Deputy Head Teacher, The Bicester School), Councillor Richard Mould (Bicester Town Council), David Castles (Principal, Heyford Park Free School), Councillor Sue Mackrell (Bicester Town Council).
In a new inspirational community initiative, Bicester Vision is co-funding all Bicester secondary schools to provide Young Enterprise business and employability skills training to our town’s teenagers. Bicester Vision is a public and private sector partnership that focusses its time and energy on developing a strategy of job creation for Bicester. Now in its 8th year, Bicester Vision seeks to engage with schools and colleges on the skills agenda, to develop sustainable business growth for existing Bicester businesses and to promote inward investment from public, private and third sectors organisations.
The Young Enterprise business and employability skills training will provide Bicester students with an opportunity to understand, develop and apply employability competencies which are highly valuable to employers and further learning providers and which they will then be able to evidence in their job, apprenticeship, college and university applications.
Learning by doing and engaging local volunteer employees in the classroom are at the heart of Young Enterprise’s teaching and learning and it has access nationally to over 6,000 volunteers from a range of industry sectors who support its programmes. Through these programmes, students gain a first-hand insight into the careers of local employees and learn about the skills which are valued in the workplace.
Students from Bicester Technology Studio, Heyford Park Free School, The Bicester School and The
Cooper School will all be taking part in Young Enterprise training programmes over the course of the next year. This will include student teams from each of the schools taking part in the ultimate business challenge of setting up and running their own business in the flagship Young Enterprise Company Programme. This may also involve competing against other schools in the Young Enterprise Company of The Year Competition Area Finals, County Finals, Regional Finals, National Finals and European Finals.
Graeme Laws, Partnership Manager at Bicester Vision: ‘We are very excited by this initiative as our members are keen to have engagement with the schools in Bicester. We believe that today’s students are tomorrow’s Bicester business leaders and would want to encourage, support and develop the next generation of local entrepreneurs’.
Alison Pexton, Young Enterprise Manager for Oxfordshire said ‘Young Enterprise is delighted to be working with Bicester schools to deliver business and employability training programmes to Bicester students and truly appreciates Bicester Vision’s support in making this achievable – Young Enterprise couldn’t exist without the vital support from our local business sponsors and local business volunteers’.
Would you like to become a volunteer Business Adviser, supporting schools on the Young Enterprise Company Programme?
Young Enterprise is currently recruiting volunteer Business Advisers for new schools joining its popular Company Programme and is inviting business people to join this exciting initiative with Oxfordshire schools. Meeting weekly with students, mentoring is a fantastic way to develop your own skills and to strengthen your knowledge through teaching others. Young Enterprise offers you a unique opportunity to pass on your business skills to Oxfordshire students and to support them as they start their own Young Enterprise Company and learn about key business and employability skills. You will receive full training and support throughout your time with us and you’ll also have the opportunity to meet other similarly committed local business people. Active involvement with Young Enterprise as a Programme volunteer or Board Volunteer can contribute as structured and unstructured hours towards CPD/CPE qualification http://www.young–enterprise.org.uk/supportus/volunteer/.
Bicester Businesses – Could You Support a Bicester School’s Young Enterprise Company Programme Team? – if so please contact Alison Pexton, Young Enterprise Manager Oxfordshire firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Summer we brought together heads from all the secondary schools in Bicester with members of Bicester Town Council to discuss business initiatives and opportunities to collaborate.
Following on from this we have donated over £4000 to the schools to enable them to participate in business Master Classes run by Young Enterprise. This will help young people build on eight key skills for development and success: communication, confidence, financial capability, initiative, organisation, problem-solving, teamwork and resilience.