The team behind an innovative Swansea project that helps kick-start the careers of budding entrepreneurs from primary schools, secondary schools, Further and Higher Education has collected an award from Westminster.
The Primary to Professional (P2P) project, which is led by Gower College Swansea in collaboration with Swansea Council, the Welsh Government, primary and secondary schools, higher education providers, Tech Hub and other business partners, seeks to build the enterprise skills of young people by providing bespoke courses.
Earlier this year, P2P won a Developing Enterprise Skills Enterprising Britain Award 2014 from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. This week, the college's Enterprise Education Manager Sue Poole attended a special event at Westminster where she formally accepted the award alongside Gower College Swansea Principal Mark Jones, Cllr Mike Day and Chris John from Pentrehafod School.
“This was a fantastic moment for everyone involved with the project as it’s a real team effort,” says Sue. “This is huge recognition for the innovative and inclusive P2P project, which works with primary school children right through to business start ups.”
Next up for the team is a trip to Naples in October, where they will learn if they have also won a European Enterprise Promotion Award for which they’ve been shortlisted. P2P is one of two UK projects that will be considered for the prestigious Grand Jury Prize, which will be awarded by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, the newly appointed Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.
P2P is funded by the local authority, the Welsh Government and a variety of local business partners.
The Enterprising Britain Awards are part of the Government’s drive to increase entrepreneurial activity in the UK. They are managed by Young Chamber Ltd (YCUK) on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). This competition is also used to identify the UK entries to the European Enterprise Promotion Awards for 2014.
Photo shows: Cllr Mike, Day, Mark Jones, Chris John, Sue Poole, Ed Vaizey and Neville Reyner.