Britain’s school pupils have the talent and enthusiasm, they just need to be nurtured in the right way by the education system and their parents.
With the launch of Startup Loans and other initiatives looking towards the future, it is young British entrepreneurs that will be the greatest source of employment and will go some way to cutting the one million young people currently unemployed.
I have been involved in two events this month that have painted a positive picture for the future. As part of CBBC’s Trade Your Way: Schools Challenge, I spent a day at three local primary schools in North London alongside former Apprentice contestant Saira Khan, sharing my story of setting up my own business and how to turn an idea into reality. I was also a mentor at a recent TeenTech event, a day to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.
The aim was to inspire these kids, but I was honestly inspired myself. The creativity, energy and passion shown by the students of all ages shows that the next generation of entrepreneurs are here – we just need to make sure that their enthusiasm doesn’t get lost and that the education system provides them with the skills and knowledge to succeed.
Here are my 3 top tips for young entrepreneurs:
- Do what you love and love what you do. Follow your dreams and if you are passionate about something you can turn that passion into a business;
- Be persistent and keep going, don’t let other people stop you if you have an idea and you want to make it happen;
- Work as a team. You can achieve much more when you work together so find people that complement your skills and can do things that you find hard and they find easier.
Find out more about CBBC’s Trade Your Way: Schools Challenge:http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/tradeyourway/
Find out more about Teen Tech, Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators:http://www.teentechevent.com
Find out more about the launch of StartUp Loans: http://www.startupbritain.org/loans