News and Updates
Enterprise Workshops in demand!
Routes2Success role models have been in demand at colleges across London for their entrepreneurship expertise.
In the first quarter of 2014, the Black Training and Enterprise Group’s (BTEG’s) Routes2Success (R2S) team have had meetings and discussions with several colleges in London, Liverpool and Birmingham. So far, we have plans to start working with Greenwich College, Bromley College and Harrow College, who would like R2S enterprise role models to support their business students in delivering local projects, as well as advising them about how to put their innovative ideas into a ‘real’ business.
The first college Routes2Success session was at Harrow College on 12th March. This was a very useful session for the students who attended. It was initially an introduction to the programme and what the role models offer. However, it turned out to be a very engaging session where the young people expressed the need for more practical hands on experience in their particular field, for example construction, and the need for motivation. Going forward, the role models will be thinking about how best they can support these students in securing some hands-on experience and connecting them with people in that field.
'Made me think more about motivating myself and that if I do I will get somewhere'
Harrow College student
Last month’s joint Enterprise Day with The Future of Croydon, held at the Croydon Conference Centre, was very encouraging. The young men who attended were refreshing and full of brilliant business ideas. It was clear to see that, with the right support and advice, these young men could have a bright future in business.
The R2S volunteer role models (Bola Abisogun and Gifford Sutherland) commented on the need for young men who wish to become entrepreneurs to be resilient and this message was taken on board by all. The networking that the young men did throughout the event seemed to have a positive effect and many of them said they would like to see more events like these.
“It was definitely a constructive event and positive experience. The whole thing gave me a lot of insight into business related matters that I knew nothing about and also helped to inspire me and give more momentum with my own endeavours in a practical way which was one of the things that I wanted to achieve but wasn't expecting to happen in such a way. Would definitely attend another”
One of the participants
The BTEG website is now updated and live. Routes2Sucess has its own pages - http://www.bteg.co.uk/content/routes2success-which we will keep active and engage with young people after events.
Finally, if you know of any young men aged 16-25 who would be interested in attending our events, please tell them to get in touch with the R2S team Janine@bteg.co.uk
/ 020 7832 5832.
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After hearing some of the young men talk about their interests and passions one entrepreneur’s feedback was that he believed the young men’s’ approach was ‘too cool’ and that this was a problem for a lot of young people. Read more here
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