Learning to be an entrepreneur

Tom Ravenscroft, Founder and CEO of Enabling Enterprise

21 Dec 2017

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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