On November 29th the Aldridge Foundation will be staging a conference to inspire, engage and further knowledge of the essential role enterprise and entrepreneurship plays in equipping young people with the skills to thrive in their education, careers and adult lives.
In its recent report the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education concluded that, as a nation, “We need to improve the pipeline of enterprise education” and recommended that “The Government should take steps to improve the pipeline of enterprise education through primary, secondary and higher education.”
It also cited the Ofsted report Getting Ready for Work, which concluded that: “The nation’s economic prosperity is at risk because the majority of England’s schools fail to prioritise enterprise education” and that “Poor coordination between schools and businesses and the absence of any overarching government strategy were leaving large numbers of young people – particularly the disadvantaged – unprepared for the world of work.”
Governors, teachers and staff from our family of academies, schools and colleges attending the event will hear from keynote speakers:
- Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, formerly transformative head of Brighton College and then Wellington College, and one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians.
- Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, Director of the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship which has recently been established in a partnership between the Aldridge Foundation and the University of the West of England.
- Sir Rod Aldridge OBE
Delegates will also take part in workshops looking at best practice in embedding enterprise skills and entrepreneurship in teaching and learning; what enterprising and entrepreneurial school leadership looks like; and how to equip young people for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Sir Rod said: “The introduction to this month’s APPG states: To thrive in the modern world, Britain’s next generation must be adaptable to change. Up until relatively recently, a job for life was both possible and preferable. It’s increasingly neither.”
“Aldridge schools have been established to transform the lives of young people in some of our most challenged and disadvantaged communities through enterprise education and the development of an entrepreneurial mind-set. We are determined that Aldridge students’ education will equip them with not just the qualifications but the skills and attributes to be able to sustain the life of their choice in the fast changing society they will live in. To be independent, thriving economically and making a real, positive contribution to their communities.”
“The launch of the Aldridge Institute will identify and make best-practice available to schools and universities and lead the debate on how to create teaching and learning that is fit for purpose in future.”
The final speaker of the day will be Liam Dargan, a former student at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and graduate of Kingston University, who now combines a successful career in Service Design at The Future Cities Catapult in London, with continuing to support his home town through his Heart of Darwen initiative. Heart of Darwen uses entrepreneurial thinking, collaborating with the Council, market, local community groups and large businesses to build a sustainable vision for the community’s town centre.