In front of an energetic and buzzing 1,000 budding entrepreneurs at the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge Grand Finals at Doncaster Racecourse on Wednesday 29 June, Theo Paphitis advised the KS3 and KS4 students on the EU Referendum, the future, career opportunities, coping with dyslexia and much more, when interviewed by Sara Hartill and fielding questions from the children.
Theo has acted as the ambassador for the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge since 2013, and was on hand to impart his industry wisdom and act as lead judge as school teams made their final business pitches to a panel of experts, which also included representatives from Kingswood / Inspiring Learning, Ryman and their guest speaker ‘Eddie the Eagle’. Other supporters and sponsors included OCR, Staffordshire University and 3aaa, who are this year’s official apprenticeship provider.
Groups from schools across the country showcased their best schemes, with KS4 students tasked with creating the ultimate school-based business, and KS3 challenge involving designing a new attraction for the Kingswood Dearne Valley Centre. Created in 2012 by patrons of the Ormiston Trust and cousins Ben and Michael Dyer, The Challenge addresses the deficit in work-relatable skills that are preventing young people from getting ahead in industry. By taking exciting challenges devised by real businesses into schools, Ben and Michael’s initiative aims to showcase how the education children are receiving could be applied outside the classroom.
The Challenge has reached over 35,000 young people this year and since 2013, the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge has worked with over 100,000 students, in an effort to improve the employment prospects for the next generation of school leavers by developing creative thinking, communication and group work amongst the academic skills that will help young people achieve their ambitions in the future.
To get involved with the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, visit www.nationalenterprisechallenge.co.uk