Gateshead College backs entrepreneurial roadshows

The college is sponsoring the North East leg of the Youth Enterprise Nation tour which will take place at St James’s Park on Friday (19 April).

The event, part of a nationwide initiative, will provide support and guidance for young people aged 16-30 from across the region and is the latest milestone for the college as it moves towards becoming one of a new generation of colleges that are using entrepreneurial principles.

These will drive educational reform, aiming to give students a more enterprising mindset and the skills, aptitude and enthusiasm needed to succeed in today’s workplace.

Visitors will be able to discover more from the college about what it takes to be entrepreneurial and how the courses and training it provides equips them with the skills employers want and the confidence and attributes to be successful.

Alongside a staff team offering career advice and information on apprenticeships, there will be a group of college students showcasing their entrepreneurial talents.

This will include a team who are participating in the ‘Pantrepreneur Challenge’, a national competition headed up by Ben Ramsden, founder of Fairtrade underwear brand Pants to Poverty. The budding entrepreneurs will be looking to   generate sales of the underwear in an attempt to win a trip to India to see the production process and supply chain in action.

Joining them will be catering students who recently organised a black tie fundraiser at the college with celebrity chef Stacie Stewart, raising over £1000 for the Gateshead College Foundation.

Gateshead College’s entrepreneurial activity manager Vicki Hodgson believes strongly in the ethos of the tour and what it aims to achieve.

She said: “Involvement as sponsors in the Youth Enterprise Nation provides a great opportunity to meet our prospective students and showcase how the college can help them to achieve their goals and get ahead in business and commerce.

“The event also gives our current students unique access to respected business people who can offer invaluable advice and guidance.”

Youth Enterprise Live, founded by Ryan Angelinetta, Ketan Makwana and Stephen Farrow of Mass Appeal Media, was launched last year at Earls Court in London to support moves by several colleges across the UK becoming more entrepreneurial focused - Gateshead College is the only North East college which is part of the Gazelle Global group of colleges.

Now, the organisers have taken the event national in an effort to further promote the opportunities of entrepreneurialism to a young audience without the need for them to travel.

Newcastle is the second stop on a tour that will be visiting Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Belfast, Coventry, Northamptonshire, Norwich, Kent, Guildford, Cardiff and Brighton over the next few weeks.

One such organisation also sponsoring and supporting the North East leg of the Youth Enterprise Nation tour is Rockstar Youth - one of the key delivery partners for the government’s Start-Up Loan programme.

Visitors will be able to apply for a start up loan for their business underwritten by the government through their programme to assist young people starting out in business and receive free support and mentoring through the Rockstar Network.

The tour is also supported on a national scale by Think Big O2 and FreeAgent.

Each event is free for the visitor to attend and to find out more information please visit www.youthenterprisenation.co.uk or call 01275 795872