Matthew Hancock (pictured on the left) is encouraging young people to think about starting a business
Skills minister Matthew Hancock has launched a challenge to teenagers to think more about starting their own business.
The minister called on young people to raise their aspirations and consider going into business for themselves when they leave school.
He launched the challenge during his Speakers for Schools talk to students at Small Heath School in Birmingham.
Hancock says, ‘Setting up a business on your own can be a great start. We want to encourage young people towards enterprise.
‘So I am challenging teenagers to think of new ways schools, colleges, employers and the government can inspire more young people to become the entrepreneurs of the future.’
The minister visited Small Heath School to see how they are working with local employers and partners, including Birmingham City Council, to support pupils to develop the knowledge, self-confidence and skills that employers need.
Hancock also used his visit to highlight how organisations like Speakers for Schools and MyKindaCrowd can help to connect schools and pupils with industry leaders.
He reiterates the prime minister’s commitment to work with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and charity Speakers for Schools to get 1,000 of the UK’s top business leaders into schools to inspire young people about enterprise and industry.
He adds, ‘The best motivation and advice tends to come from people in jobs themselves.
‘So I want to see more employers and business leaders getting involved with schools and colleges to motivate young people about the world of work.’
Commenting on the visit, Andrew Law, chairman of the Speakers for Schools Board of Trustees says, ‘Speakers for Schools is about encouraging young people to seize opportunities and inspiring them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
‘We’re thrilled that the minister has chosen to support our charity and it’s fantastic that the students today will be able to find out more about the many options available to them, as well as having the chance to ask questions to one of Britain’s most influential politicians.’
Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills says, ‘Education is the single most important factor predicting our long-term economic success. Inspiring our young people about what they could achieve is a vital part of this.
‘As businesses, we can’t leave it to schools to do this on their own: CEOs engaging with programmes like Speakers for Schools, while encouraging staff to give careers talks, is a great way for all companies to play their part.’See also: Gender issues present challenge for women entrepreneursRelated topics: Entrepreneurs You have been subscribed to the newsletter.