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August 16, 2017 9:54 am

Invest Ashfield & Mansfield - The area for growth

Learn more about the skills required by our current workforce and the stars of the future.  Various initiatives are in place to celebrate the burgeoning skills of our local young people.  Read more about the enterprise awards running across our secondary schools and the local college.  Also, in this post, learn about the changing nature of working practices in the Taylor Review.

Junior Enterprise awards

Young entrepreneurs across Ashfield and Mansfield were celebrated at the 6th annual Mansfield and Ashfield Junior Enterprise event last month.  The annual competition is organised by Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 in partnership with The Evolve Trust and Hall Fast Industrial Supplies.  Entries were open to all schools in Ashfield and Mansfield for their Key Stage 3 students.  The awards ceremony was held at Ransom Hall and Mansfield 103.2 radio covered event.

The challenge is business-led, supported by business mentors, judges and sponsors from the local business community.  Students created their own business from scratch, and then sold their products to the general public on Mansfield Market.  Their skills and achievements were then celebrated at the awards evening.  Here, teams were named winners in a number of categories.  The team awarded the trophy for the overall winner was Cup Creators from Garibaldi College.

This year’s awards evening involved over 150 attendees from schools around Ashfield and Mansfield along with teachers and proud parents.  Not only did the evening celebrate all those involved, but it also inspired our future workforce to achieve their best.

Business leader and ex-Brunts pupil Alex Peace Gadsby took time out of her business schedule to deliver a truly inspirational talk.  Alex spoke about her journey from school girl to leading business woman and explained the hard lessons she learned growing up and how she took charge of her own destiny.  Co-founder of the competition, Malcolm Hall MBE, also spoke about opportunities.  He outlined his own career journey and inspired the youngsters to realise their own potential.

To read the full article, look at the photos and listen to the radio coverage, visit Mansfield and Ashfield 2020’s website.

Star students’ enterprise awards

An awards ceremony celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation was staged at Vision West Nottinghamshire College back in June.  At that time, thirteen college-wide entrepreneurs received accolades and praise for their business ideas.

Businesses included West Notts Woodworms.  Indeed, they have succeeded in their mission to ‘make something from nothing’ using joinery and painting and decorating skills. The Woodworms make and retail bird boxes, planters and bird tables using recycled wooden pallets and fence panels.

Other students were also applauded for their enterprising ways.  These included Recover, a computer repair business based at the college’s Derby Road campus.  Recover is the brainchild of five students on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT (Networking and Systems Support).  The students offer iPhone and computer repairs and fault diagnostics.  Since April they’ve been giving staff and students a high-quality on-site service for phone and PC faults at competitive prices.

In addition, a new trophy was introduced this year, awarded to a school of learning whose business initiative has displayed the most business innovation and has gained the most profit.  This year the excellence in enterprise cup was awarded to the construction and building services curriculum for their West Notts Woodworms business.  The cup is a result of ongoing work that construction put in place to support the Woodworms’ enterprise at the college which has raised over £200 in profit since their start-up.

Taylor Report

An independent review of modern working practices was recently completed by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts.  This was produced over a seven-month period in consultation with employers and employees.  In summary, the report creates helpful discussion on the developing nature of employment.  Furthermore, it has an important focus on the creation of quality jobs, continuing flexibility and the ending of exploitation.

This independent review considers the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations.  It sets out 7 principles to address the challenges facing the UK labour market.

Key recommendations made in the report include:

  • The recognition of workers in the ‘gig economy’ as ‘dependent contractors’ as opposed to being self-employed, with entitlement to similar employment rights as fully-employed colleagues.
  • The continuation of zero-hour contracts where they provide valuable flexibility for both employee and employer, but with the option for employees to request a move to full-time employment
  • An end to the ‘cash in hand’ economy.

To find out more and download a full copy of the report, visit the GOV.UK website.

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