definition: Apprenticeship in Enterprise [new] Transferring initiative, creativity, determination, courage, endeavour, resilience, professionalism and craft from entrepreneur to apprentice.
Scotland’s first Enterprise Apprentices and Fife’s future business stars graduated on Tuesday 10 November at the Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy, Fife.
The 17 young Fifers are leading the way as the country’s first Apprentices in Enterprise, who have been working in companies across Fife while studying towards an NVQ in Enterprising skills in a business environment.
The Apprenticeships in Enterprise project is part of Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise initiative. Nineteen (19) young people will gain a high quality, recognised vocational qualification and develop enterprise skills whilst employed in a Fife business. The aim is to embed a Culture of Enterprise in Fife by supporting young people to start and develop an enterprising career and inspire employers to deepen their engagement with schools and make more room for young people in their organisation. The pilot will lay a foundation for improved education business partnerships and new sustainable pathways to employment for young people over the long term. This project is a first for Fife and for Scotland and represents a new offer to young people and to employers.
An Apprenticeship in Enterprise is based on eight Level 3 Diploma modules. The Apprenticeship is unlike any other in that the focus between young employee and employer is about cultivating a culture of personal enterprise. Employers need to go the extra mile in supporting their young employee to learn these traits. We are looking for employers who are thinking enterprisingly about how they can make this work. It means taking risks and giving the apprentice some developmental responsibility early. A forgiveness culture is necessary. Apprentices are not graduates and often take longer to learn about the right behaviours and expectations. This is a journey which can result in the development of professional skills and helps young employees to find purpose through their work. This purpose can then form the basis of the final module in the Diploma which helps the apprentice communicate a new role, product or service and launch the first steps of their career.
The first two candidates to have undertaken the Apprenticeship in Enterprise have completed their qualification and received their certification. Nicola England and Shannen Scott, both from Fife completed their apprenticeship as part of early work to establish the viability of a Fife wide pilot. Download the case study.
Havelock Europa Plc is among one of the first business in Fife to take on an Enterprise Apprentice, getting involved in the Fife wide pilot delivered in partnership by Fife Council and Career Studio (Scotland) Ltd. The Apprenticeship in Enterprise pilot aims to embed a Culture of Enterprise in Fife by supporting young people to start and develop an enterprising career and inspire employers to deepen their engagement with schools and make more room for young people in their organisation.
The Apprenticeship in Enterprise team help primary and secondary school pupils to learn about key employers in Fife and the core elements of running a business. Schools can book for the team to deliver the game and hear first-hand what it’s like to be an Enterprise Apprentice. Watch the video introduction