A new enterprise skills competition for GEW

Ewan Gaffney | November 11, 2016
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Here at GEW we have always placed huge importance on our many partners in the education sector. The role of enterprise education is hugely significant nationally as we seek to equip the next generation with the skills they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world of work. That is why we were so excited to be working with the entrepreneurs behind the National Enterprise Challenge is the UK's largest school enterprise challenge, as our official Skills partner for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016. 

As part of this partnership TNEC are running a FREE enterprise competition for all UK students aged 11-16 as part of the world’s biggest celebration of entrepreneurship.

We caught up with the team to find out more about this special event which is running throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Your own story is very entrepreneurial and inspiring, how did you become involved in GEW

Since starting out in business almost ten years ago GEW has always been a source of inspiration and a great way of connecting with like-minded organisations and individuals from across the UK.  It's also a week which has always immensely popular amongst like-minded individuals from within the education sector.

Why do you believe enterprise skills to be such an important part of education

We often hear from leaders of industry, that young people do not have the skills needed for the world of work. These soft skills are not measured against growing OFSTED targets or indeed are students with these skills given an extra qualification or award. GEW has given teachers who value enterprise and skills a platform to champion activities within at least the week in November where GEW takes place. Often these people have to persuade their schools of the value of this type of activity against other more measurable targets. With tighter budgets within the sector this is often no mean feat!

That is why as a leader in the enterprise education and skills marketplace we are delighted to be an official compass partner for this year's GEW campaign and in turn, help support even more schools, teachers and students access an exciting activity this November.

This GEW competition is part of a your overall national competition - tell us more about it 

Since 2013 we have worked with over 100,000 young people from 250 schools helping develop young people's skills including teamwork, communication and leadership. We have been able to gain the generous support of a number of organisations and individuals including Ryman and our main ambassador Theo Paphitis and the likes of OCR, Staffordshire University and Alton Towers.

Each year, the winning team from every school who takes part in our programme has the opportunity to attend our National Finals.

So how can schools get involved

This year we are launching a free extension to our programme enabling thousands of more students to take part in a GEW based activity and an opportunity to test themselves against students from across the UK. The challenge will be launched on the Monday of GEW with students having until the Friday to upload their ideas. These will then be judged with five groups of finalists being invited to our National Finals in the summer.


Sounds fantastic, we'll be back to find out more once GEW kicks off

Ewan Gaffney
Managing Director of GEN UK and GEW UK. I'm a social entrepreneur, digital strategist and facilitator. I'm also an award winning campaign... About the Author