This month found me at Swansea University again delivering SimVenture Evolution training to staff who work in the Employability Department in The College of Arts and Humanities.
Staff there do an amazing job of introducing students to the theory and practice of setting up and running a small enterprise. Alongside the theory and practice of small business development, they also look at ideas about #enterprise and #entrepreneurship, including the ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ and how this can be applied in a range of contexts to enhance lifelong #employability.
Part of the module includes the use of #SimVentureEvolution where students work in teams to experience the ups and downs of running a small business. They then have an assessment which requires them to reflect on the experience and evaluate the development of their #employability skills.
Working with young people to develop their employability skills is a passion of mine because students rarely understand what skills they have and how to evidence them especially in job interviews.
To accelerate the development of young peoples’ skills myself, #Julian Gee, #Jo Ibbott and #Katherine Smith founded a community interest company called #‘Limitless’. Limitless was set up because education policy seems to be forcing many schools and colleges to work in the opposite direction, effectively becoming ‘GCSE factories’! We believe there is a need to offer young people a place to go to acquire those all-important ‘life skills’ and help them gain #confidence, poise and #self-assurance including the development of their soft skills and #employability skills.
#LesleyStrachan is the author of “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Order Lesley’s Book Now and watch a mini video which explains what the book is about.
#LesleyStrachan (MBA) is an Award-winning #trainer and #author and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and #coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an #Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a #mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company