Learning to be an entrepreneur

Tom Ravenscroft, Founder and CEO of Enabling Enterprise

Everything was around the grades and coursework of my students but there seemed to be a huge gap around the other skills they'd need to be successful.

  • Enabling Enterprise helps students gain the enterprise skills valued by employers but not traditionally taught at school.
  • The UK business group, the CBI, has said schools are "churning out the unemployable". Unemployment rates are much higher for young people compared to the general population – 13.7% vs 5.1%.
  • Founder Tom was inspired by his experience teaching at a deprived school in Hackney in East London and being frustrated by the gap between education and the world of work. He developed a curriculum based on enterprise skills including: problem solving, listening and teamwork.
  • Enabling Enterprise is currently working with more than 80,000 children at 250 schools across England; they also partner with more than 100 employers to offer projects and visits to businesses.
  • Tom has won several awards including UK Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year and Teach First Excellence Award (both 2009) and an Ashoka fellowship (2017); while Enabling Enterprise won Education Partnership of the year in 2014 and PwC's Social Impact Award 2015.

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