Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Entrepreneurial potential to be unlocked at West Sussex schools

THE seeds for growing a future generation of entrepreneurs are being planted by West Sussex County Council.

The Council is looking at ways to develop an entrepreneurial spirit among children and young people in West Sussex, so they can boost their career prospects once they leave school.

To this end a pilot project has started to help pupils aged between five and 19 years old.

The project, still in its infancy, will be tested on key stage 1 pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School in Cuckfield, key stage 2 pupils at Durrington First and Middle Schools, and key stage 3 pupils at Durrington High School, both in Worthing.

Core skills relating to attitude, creativity, building relationships and personal organisation will be taught.

The aim is for students to recognise the attitude and skills they are developing, record them and then evaluate them against the attitudes and skills found in the workplace and elsewhere.

A practical challenge is to be set for each school by an employer and an Entrepreneurial Skills Development awards programme will be introduced so the achievements of pupils who take part are recognised.

If the project is successful it will be rolled out to other schools across the county over the next two years.

Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity to inspire our children and young people.

“By encouraging pupils to become go-getters and use their imagination and initiative today, their families and communities can reap the benefits tomorrow.

“Who knows – we may even unearth the next Sir Richard Branson or Wayne Hemingway on our doorstep?”