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Bicester Vision Co-Funds Young Enterprise Training

In a new inspirational community initiative, Bicester Vision is co-funding all Bicester secondary schools to provide Young Enterprise business and employability skills training to our town’s teenagers. Bicester Vision is a public and private sector partnership that focusses its time and energy on developing a strategy of job creation for Bicester. Now in its 8th year, Bicester Vision seeks to engage with schools and colleges on the skills agenda, to develop sustainable business growth for existing Bicester businesses and to promote inward investment from public, private and third sectors organisations.

Bicester Vision and Young Enterprise initiative

Photograph: Alison Rosier (Sixth Form Manager, The Bicester School), Richard Brown (Principal Designate, Bicester Technology Studio), Mark Lambert (Business, Economics, Law and Sixth Form Enrichment Coordinator, The Cooper School), Graeme Laws (Partnership Manager, Bicester Vision), Dean Woodham (Vice Principal Designate, Bicester Technology Studio), Tim Marston (Deputy Head Teacher, The Bicester School), Councillor Richard Mould (Bicester Town Council), David Castles (Principal, Heyford Park Free School), Councillor Sue Mackrell (Bicester Town Council).

The Young Enterprise business and employability skills training will provide Bicester students with an opportunity to understand, develop and apply employability competencies which are highly valuable to employers and further learning providers and which they will then be able to evidence in their job, apprenticeship, college and university applications:

Communication: The ability to listen, write and speak effectively to present and exchange information and ideas in a clear and concise manner.
Confidence: The self-motivation and ability to generate and retain strong self-belief in personal skills, capabilities and likelihood of success.
Financial Capability: The ability to analyse information, manage money well and make informed decisions to plan for successful financial futures
Organisation: The ability to effectively manage tasks, plan and prioritise actions within a time schedule and set smart goals
Problem solving: The ability to collect and examine information, think creatively and analyse situations to generate solutions to problems
Resilience: The ability to persist when facing setbacks whilst adjusting to pressure and adapting to changes in different/varying circumstances
Teamwork: The ability to build team engagement, collaborate, share knowledge and explain ideas to others whilst managing personal feelings

Learning by doing and engaging local volunteer employees in the classroom are at the heart of Young Enterprise’s teaching and learning and it has access nationally to over 6,000 volunteers from a range of industry sectors who support its programmes. Through these programmes, students gain a first-hand insight into the careers of local employees and learn about the skills which are valued in the workplace.

Students from Bicester Technology Studio, Heyford Park Free School, The Bicester School and The Cooper School will all be taking part in Young Enterprise training programmes over the course of the
next year. This will include student teams from each of the schools taking part in the ultimate business challenge of setting up and running their own business in the flagship Young Enterprise Company Programme. This may also involve competing against other schools in the Young Enterprise Company of The Year Competition Area Finals, County Finals, Regional Finals, National Finals and European Finals.

This year’s regional winner and national finalist team, Wabi-Sabi from Abingdon School (the Year 10 team recently interviewed on That’s Oxford and BBC Business News and supported by Abingdon-based Smeg UK), have had an amazing experience on the Young Enterprise Company Programme with their ‘Hungry All The Time’ teenager cookbook and also at the Company of The Year 2016 National Finals last week at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Graeme Laws, Partnership Manager at Bicester Vision: ‘We are very excited by this initiative as our members are keen to have engagement with the schools in Bicester. We believe that today’s students are tomorrow’s Bicester business leaders and would want to encourage, support and develop the next generation of local entrepreneurs’.

Alison Pexton, Young Enterprise Manager for Oxfordshire said ‘Young Enterprise is delighted to be working with Bicester schools to deliver business and employability training programmes to Bicester students and truly appreciates Bicester Vision’s support in making this achievable – Young Enterprise couldn’t exist without the vital support from our local business sponsors and local business volunteers’.

Would you like to become a volunteer Business Adviser, supporting schools on the Young Enterprise Company Programme?

Young Enterprise is currently recruiting volunteer Business Advisers for new schools joining its popular Company Programme and is inviting business people to join this exciting initiative with Oxfordshire schools. Meeting weekly with students, mentoring is a fantastic way to develop your own skills and to strengthen your knowledge through teaching others. Young Enterprise offers you a unique opportunity to pass on your business skills to Oxfordshire students and to support them as they start their own Young Enterprise Company and learn about key business and employability skills. You will receive full training and support throughout your time with us and you’ll also have the opportunity to meet other similarly committed local business people. Active involvement with Young Enterprise as a Programme volunteer or Board Volunteer can contribute as structured and unstructured hours towards CPD/CPE qualification. Find out more about volunteering with Young Enterprise.

Bicester Businesses – Could You Support a Bicester School’s Young Enterprise Company Programme Team? – if so please contact Alison Pexton, Young Enterprise Manager Oxfordshire.