Sep the 11th
By James Kwan
Posted In: Productivity
‘You can make a positive contribution to the local community’, that’s the message being given to Solihull College students as it becomes the first college in the UK to work in partnership with InspirEngage International to build social enterprise into the curriculum.
The Social Enterprise Revolution was launched this week at the College by InspirEngage International CEO, and former BBC Apprentice contestant, Melody Hossaini. The one year programme will aim to develop the life skills of students which they can apply in real life situations, and in turn, this will be mutually beneficial to the wider community.
Melody comments: “InspirEngage International view the Social Enterprise Revolution as the future of innovative education- connecting skills and enterprise to real causes in the community. The big difference is - for the first time, this will be built into the curriculum.
We’re extremely pleased to have Solihull College signed up as the pioneers of Social Enterprise Revolution- I’ve been impressed with their commitment and vision towards creating meaningful pathways into work for their students.”
Through the students’ own ideas and various community projects and challenges with local businesses and Solihull Police, the College will be encouraging young people to actively contribute and engage with society. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure students feel more confident, socially enterprising and work ready.
Engagement with College staff can already be seen; construction course leaders have interpreted the successful ‘Startup and Stilettos’ to form ‘Startup and Safety Boots’, which will aim to support female construction workers in what is a male dominated industry. Those working in animal care management are aiming to work with children with additional learning needs by introducing them to the animals on the campus.
Education Secretary Michael Gove recently commented that he was “…impressed by the number of social enterprises that are helping young people to play a bigger role in the community and across the country”; he also agreed that active citizenship needs to be encouraged.
Brenda Sheils, Chief Executive and Principal at the College comments: “At Solihull College we are committed to ensuring our students are work ready by the time they leave us and I am confident this new partnership will achieve that and a lot more.
Melody’s enthusiasm has proved to be infectious, and I look forward to seeing some exciting and innovative work being carried out by the College’s young people, that will make a very positive contribution to the society in which we all live”.