Lord Mandelson to open Sandon Business and Enterprise College
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Released 24 Oct 2008
Secretary of State for Business, Lord Peter Mandelson will today (Friday)
open the Sandon Business and Enterprise College in Stoke on Trent.
This is the first official visit to the region by Lord Mandelson and will see
him touring the school watching lessons and talking to pupils about their
The new £17 million school is the first in the city to be built under the
Building Schools for the Future programme and is part of the Government's annual
£60 million commitment to support enterprise in education.
Lord Mandelson said:
"Supporting young people in enterprise is a long-term investment for the
future. Our aim is to get young people to start thinking about the benefits of
running their own business, and to recognise the positive impact that
enterprising attitudes can have in every area of their lives.
Schools like Sandon Business & Enterprise College have embraced enterprise
education and have created a centre of excellence for enterprise learning that
will equip young people with the skills and the confidence they need to become
enterprising employees or entrepreneurs of the future".
The visit follows on from last month's launch of the first Enterprise Academy
with the Department of Business, the Premier League and Make Your Mark which
uses football to engage with young people and introduces them to enterprise and
business skills learned through running their premier football club.
Building work on the school began in April 2006 and the facility is both
hi-tech and energy efficient. It has three floors and includes a 155 seat
lecture theatre, a business enterprise zone, and a five court sports hall.
1. Manchester City will be followed by Aston Villa as the next club to set up
enterprise programmes, delivering enterprise education to 13-14 year olds
through the curriculum time. Each club will run an initial three-year programme
with up to 5 schools.
2. Make Your Make, is the national campaign to unlock the UK's enterprise
potential, is run by Enterprise Insight, a not for profit organisation founded
by the four main business organisations (CBI, British Chambers of Commerce,
Institute of Directors and Federation of Small Businesses) and is primarily
funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.
3. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK
business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business
growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and
champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of
Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-10-24 18:37:12 in Business Articles