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Out & about with The Foundation

Young Enterprise June 30, 2016

The One Step Foundation was set up to inspire young people and support the community, we can’t do this by sitting in an office Mon-Fri!  So we haven’t let the miserable weather get us down here; May and June have been busy months for The Foundation.

Visitor and exhibitor numbers are climbing for the Careers Fair now just a few months away and we’ve also been busy volunteering at enterprise workshops in schools around Taunton, helping students learn about the world of business.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills through practical programmes making the connection between school and the world of work.

Young Enterprise Multi Taunton Primary School Small Business Challenge Day

The One Step Foundation spent time guiding and mentoring students from local primary schools in the Challenge Day in May, hosted by Bishop Fox’s School here in Taunton. The children were set the challenge of coming up with a company name, logo and strapline.  Their ‘companies’ were then charged with re-purposing a green space for use by Bishop Fox’s School, presenting their ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the day.  Yes, that’s primary school children!  The imagination, confidence, communication skills and team work on the day was really impressive – I had expected to be the one inspiring them, not the other way round!

Young Enterprise Multi Taunton Secondary School Small Business Challenge Day

Continuing the theme, in June we were invited to spend the day with local secondary school students.  This time the challenge for the new ‘businesses’ was to pitch Taunton as the venue for a start-up technology company to establish themselves here, over destinations such as Bristol or Plymouth.  The students confidently endorsed everything Taunton has to offer and showed an impressive level of understanding of the requirements of a business such as this.

The judges from Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton Chamber of Commerce were really impressed with the presentations and the key marketing messages, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of these in print!  Just one example of the work was a t-shirt from the group I was assigned – pretty impressive I’m sure you’ll agree.

Shapwick School Careers Day

We were also invited to engage with small groups of students at Shapwick School’s own careers event, along with a range of other local businesses.  The students at Shapwick are challenged by dyspraxia, dyslexia and/or dyscalculia and will continue to be supported by Shapwick if they choose to go to college.  We were there specifically to help students with interview and CV tips, but they had questions of their own so every group was different – but what they all shared was enthusiasm making our role there a real pleasure.  A popular anxiety seemed to be the transition between school and college, a time I remember well so I was able to reassure them and get them excited about this next step.  I’m hoping to see many of them again at The One Step Foundation Somerset Skills & Careers Fair on 12th October.

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