Date: 28/06/2012

Two students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) have had the opportunity to put forward their views and questions to members of Parliament with a visit to London.

Adeebha Nawaz (18) from Herringthorpe, Rotherham, an IT student and Liam Skidmore (18) from Denaby Main, a business student visited the Houses of Parliament accompanied by the college’s Enterprise Champion; Grace Rogerson and Richard Butcher; Director of Curriculum and Innovation.

The visit to the capital was a reward for taking an active part in conducting face-to-face surveys as part of the first Enterprising Minds survey.

Dearne Valley College was one of 17 further education colleges across the UK that took part in the first Enterprising Minds survey of more than 1600 college students, led by the Carnegie UK Trust, examining the diverse attitudes of 16 to 21 year old college students towards their job prospects, enterprise and the UK economy.

The face-to-face surveys of students were undertaken by fellow students trained and supported as the first generation of Carnegie UK Research Interns. The findings suggest young people are aware that things will be tough in the current climate, but still remain positive and motivated about their future.

Grace Rogerson, DVC Curriculum Leader for Additionality and Enterprise, commented:
“Enterprise is at the centre of all we do to develop entrepreneurial skills and qualities in all our learners”.

Carnegie UK Trust Chief Executive, Martyn Evans, praised the work of the research Interns, adding that their study is highly encouraging in a time of economic uncertainty:
“Far from being bowed down by being labelled as a lost generation of young people in Britain, the study suggests college students, given opportunities and support, continue to feel motivated to think in enterprising and creative ways.


“We found that students, where enterprise education is provided, had more belief that they might start their own business or work for themselves. We’d encourage all colleges to examine what further steps they can take to nurture entrepreneurial ambition. As the economy looks for growth through enterprise and innovation, these are the kind of future workers we will really need.”

Dearne Valley College are now accepting applications for many vocational courses starting September 2012.

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