Wakefield College

Enterprise Champions:

Steve Rhodes

Helen Savill

Life skills and Enterprise

Students on the College’s range of Life skills courses, programme for young people who have had difficulties in learning at school, learn the practical attributes needed to prepare them for employment, and as part of this, they run ‘Octopus’, a self-funding enterprise project. They undertake market research to establish current fashions in such things like items of jewelry, which then informs the articles they make for the regular sales which they hold at College, on special occasions such as Christmas and Mother’s Day.

This strong enterprise theme has influenced other work in such a way, that it has become core to what they do. At the recent 2nd annual Photography Exhibition, students made and produced a range of items for sale (mouse mats, key rings, placemats etc) based on their photographic work, they exhibited both at the college and at a local arts organization.

Continuing Professional Development

Since 2006, Wakefield College has offered a number of formal (some mandatory) training and development sessions for managers and for all staff. A series of sessions entitled ‘What the heck is Enterprise?’ attracted interest and enthusiasm from staff and feed received was very positive including comments such as “All members of staff should have this training”.

Within our CPD sessions at College, we proposed that “people often consider the concept of entrepreneurship to be something difficult to embed in a further education context, particularly when they’re based in a service area or a traditional academic subject. Many expect that to be enterprising, you have to set up a business and become the next Alan Sugar. However, opportunities for developing enterprise skills and attitudes in our staff and learners abound across the college, not just in the more obvious areas where we have something to sell.

Enterprise is a state-of-mind, an attitude, and it’s something we can all develop. And great opportunities can be provided for developing the enterprise culture by teaching and service areas working together.

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