Pedmore teams up with dragon to push Enterprise Education
PTC have joined forces with Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE to promote business education and entrepreneurship here at school.
We have signed up to the Peter Jones Enterprise School Award, which offers students the opportunity to run an enterprise club and take part in various national competitions throughout the year.
Mr Lloyd, our Headteacher said,
We have been actively engaged with many exciting and successful Enterprise projects in all year groups over the last three years. Last term we competed in the Peter Jones Foundation Tycoon in School Competition which gave our Year 9 GCSE Business Enterprise students a great experience of delivering a challenging but successful Enterprise project - Funky Festives, unique handmade festive wreaths and Christmas cards. We are looking to engage as many of our students in Enterprise activity to increase their employability skills and see the Peter Jones Enterprise School Award as the ideal vehicle to help turn our aims into reality. The award means we have real support in setting up a school wide Enterprise Club and being able to take part in national competitions has created a real buzz in our school.
Launched by the Peter Jones Foundation, the initiative is designed to equip students with a range of competencies that will boost their employability in the future.
Our students will be encouraged to set up their own companies, pitch to investors and get involved in community projects and events. They will also be able to attend a series of workshops and master classes delivered by industry experts.
Mr Lloyd added,
We understand how important the skills are that are attained as a direct result of involvement in Enterprise. This affects not just how better equipped our students are as young Entrepreneurs of the future but there is strong evidence to show how the experience positively affects the students’ attitude and confidence to study and improves overall academic achievement all through the curriculum. Many of our students who have been heavily involved in our Enterprise ventures have already made significant personal achievements; prior to their involvement these seemed out of reach to them.
Ruby Marshall-Garrington, ex head girl at Pedmore and now A level student at Halesowen College said:
I was a member of the first Enterprise student team at Pedmore Technology College. We learnt so much from our experience in starting up a successful enterprise venture, a “pop up “ shop in Stourbridge town centre selling a unique clothing and accessory range. Not only did I learn about producing unique hand dyed goods I also learnt all about team working, sales and marketing (myself and the business), retail, display and my communication skills were really improved. It gave me the confidence that I could achieve anything if I believed in myself and this had a massive impact in my approach to my learning and future career planning and goals. It gave the confidence to apply for Head Girl, something I would never have considered before the project. I am so lucky to have had this kind of opportunity.
Peter Jones Foundation CEO Alice Barnard said:
We are delighted to be working together with Pedmore Technology College to promote skills and attributes that are essential in the world of work. Our very practical approach to education helps students grow in confidence and encourages them to get enthusiastic about entrepreneurship. We’ve no doubt this partnership will be extremely beneficial to all involved.