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Oundle pupils get a head start with business skills

Published Friday, 29 March 2019

Pupils at Prince William School in Oundle met with representatives from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and three local businesses to learn skills to help with their future employment.

Enterprising East Northants, the Economic Development Team from ENC, along with invited entrepreneurs from Level 7 Expertise, Thrapston Tiling and 2Motiv8 More Social Media Solutions, visited the school on Monday, 25 March with the latest in its programme of skills-based interventions for local schools and businesses.

James Tennant, ENC’s Business Account Manager and organiser of the event, invited the 800 students to consider the values that matter to them and how that matches with choices in study and future employment.

The businesses owners then spoke openly and honestly about their journey through business life, overcoming challenges and making choices that lead to success.

Tony Reeves, owner of Level7Expertise, a field leader in Cyber Security and Counter-Drone technology said:

“What a privilege to be given an opportunity to speak to 800 young people about my personal journey and why we, at Level 7 Expertise, do what we do.  If we can excite just a few of the young people into STEM subjects and perhaps a career, then we will have achieved much.”

Reflecting on the experience, Sam Cameron of 2Motiv8 More Social Media Solutions, added:

“I had the pleasure of describing my journey and how I came to run my own business, along with some of the challenges that I’ve faced along the way. Many feel that the only options are apprenticeships or university and don’t consider entrepreneurship”.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“Inspiring the next generation of business owners to start and grow their business in East Northamptonshire is something the council is committed to.

The three invited guests gave over four hours to meet the students, motivated by their passion to give something back to the community. This event, along with several others already taken place in local schools, will create the foundations for economic growth in the district for decades to come.”

To find out more about our commitment to raising the aspirations of students across the district, get in touch with James by email at enterprising@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 07515 191798.