On 5th October, Mrs Karen Betty and Enterprise Ambassadors from Northampton Academy were invited to launch The National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC) 2016 at the Houses of Parliament with Theo Paphitis and former Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt.
Mrs Betty, Head of Careers and Enterprise at Northampton Academy delivered a presentation on the schools/teachers view of the challenge and accepted the award of ‘Most Enterprising Teacher 2015’. She thanked TNEC and Theo Paphitis for offering an exciting live project, delivered by young people for young people. She accepted the award on behalf of all the Enterprising students from Northampton Academy, stating they are within the 16% of students identified by the Careers and Enterprise company as having the enterprising skills needed in today’s challenging world.
Northampton Academy has been a part of The National Enterprise Challenge since it launched in 2013. The challenge was started by two cousins Michael and Ben Dyer whose motivation for the project was to inspire the next generation to improve their enterprise and employability skills. They formed the Youth Enterprise Community Interest Company (CIC), and the flagship TNEC with Lord Sugar fronting the project and initially working with 58 schools nationwide in the first year.
Since 2013 the challenge has worked with over 250 schools and 100,000 students. The challenge is set by some of the UK’s biggest companies including Ryman, the main sponsor and Staffordshire University. They offer schools the chance to get their full year group involved in a fast paced activity which focusses on developing the skills needed for the world of work including team work, communication and leadership.
At the 2015 National Finals day at Alton Towers this Summer, the Year 8 and Year 10 teams from Northampton Academy did exceptionally well. The Year 10 team delivered a fantastic presentation on their ‘Worlds End Ride’ which put them in 2nd place, competing against over 30,000 students from across the country. Rudra Patel from the Year 8 team took the title of ‘Most Enterprising Boy – Key Stage 3’.
On 20th and 21st October, TNEC 2016 will launch at Northampton Academy as part of the extensive Work Related Learning Programme. The 2 day workshops will allow Year 8 and 10 students to compete for a place in the final. Northampton Academy has been recognised as leading the way with Careers and Enterprise programmes.