15/11/10

By Claire West

Inspiring young people and business start-ups are firmly on the agenda for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 as a leading qualification provider showcases the work of some of the UK’s most enterprising youngsters.

This week, young people around the world are being encouraged to find their passion and start enterprising. Leading national qualification provider NCFE is re-injecting the drive and ambition in the UK’s young entrepreneurs and learners, by revealing the country’s top enterprising talent in its online Entrepreneurial Showcase.

The showcase demonstrates the hard work of learners who are completing Enterprise qualifications in developing their own small business ideas.

NCFE, which provides vocational qualifications to colleges, schools, training centres and employers, is also encouraging more young learners to take action on their great ideas and launch them into successful start-up companies.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial activity organised by Enterprise UK and runs from 15th — 21st November 2010. Last year, in the UK alone over 529,000 people attended a massive 4,812 events, however currently only one in 20 people act on a business idea.

NCFE’s suite of Enterprise qualifications includes the Level 1 Award in Demonstrating Enterprise Skills, Level 1 Award in Exploring Enterprise Skills, Level 2 Award in Developing Enterprise Skills and the Level 2 Certificate in Developing Enterprise Skills.

NCFE's Enterprise qualifications also provide essential skills to candidates who are facing redundancy, may have been made redundant and those who have been out of work for six months or more, offering support, training and advice to suit the individual needs of the learner.

David Grailey, Chief Executive at NCFE, said: “This week is all about those people who really want to take control of their lives, career and finances during the recession by starting up their own business. Whether they have spotted a gap in the market, have improved an existing product or service, or have developed a completely new invention, now is the time for people to take action and put the wheels in motion for a fruitful enterprise.

“Vocational learning and our Enterprise qualifications provide an inspiring basis for learners to do something they feel passionate about and enable them to develop the required knowledge, skills and drive to succeed in their chosen field of expertise.

“Our showcase is a great example of some of the hard work going on by young people and this week, we’re hoping to uncover more shining examples of centres or individual entrepreneurs who have applied the knowledge they have gained from vocational learning, to build an initial business idea into a successful enterprise.”

Budding entrepreneurs who would like the chance to appear on NCFE’s website in its Entrepreneurial Showcase should call 0191 239 8062 or email news@ncfe.org.uk with their contact details, a summary of their enterprising activity and any photographs to support their application.

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit www.gew.org.uk

To find out more about NCFE’s suite of Enterprise qualifications, or for more information on NCFE, visit www.ncfe.org.uk or call 0191 239 8000.