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Enterprise In Fife

Enterprise In Fife

What is your role within Fife Council?

We caught up with Alison Sinclair, Culture of Enterprise Officer within Fife Council, to chat to her about the importance of enterprise in schools and some of the excellent projects taking place across Fife Council, particularly the ones with an economic development alignment.



“Within the council, my role is Culture of Enterprise Officer, this brings together these aspects and also ties in with the development of local economic awareness.

”The overarching vision is to develop a region with: a dynamic, innovative and enterprising culture, that values and supports entrepreneurship and ensures that opportunities are available to everyone with the drive to succeed.

”We do this through the delivery of enterprise material, coordinating and creating links between businesses and education and working alongside the DYW co-ordinators. We also work closely with other organisations such as Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) to deliver projects like their Dragon’s Den programme and facilitate CPD across the region.”

Can you tell us about some of the projects that your team delivers to schools across the city?

This year has seen a real focus on sustainability due to COP26 held back in November, so this has been an undercurrent through our activity.

We have a close working relationship with Fife College, last year we worked in partnership to deliver a Virtual Coding Academy to 1,000 primary school pupils and this is something we hope to continue doing. We also ran a 3D printing programme in collaboration with Fife College, between us, we had eight 3D printers which we were able to loan to schools. The course focusses on elements such as 2D and 3D Modelling and Slicing, we had 600 school pupils involved in this and we did so completely remotely.

Pre-pandemic we worked closely with Fife College to deliver in-person sessions, however we now offer an initial CPL session then a series of recorded sessions aimed at ‘training the trainer’. Sometimes teachers may not realise that they’re embedding enterprise into their learning and teaching as it comes in so many different guises - my role is really to make this focus more skills-based to make it more identifiable.

One of the most exciting projects we’ve developed was ‘In The Footsteps of Kings’, a collaborative effort with Fife Council’s employability service, Tourism Team and Fife College; this was designed to involve S5 & 6 students into a digital skills project to design a new augmented reality game in their local area of St Andrews. Pupils were able to achieve an SCQF level 6 qualification in PC Passport as part of their involvement in the project. As an extension of this project, a further cohort of S5 and S6 students were able to gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills whilst really having the opportunity to develop their enterprise skills by commercialising the app through the development of promotional merchandise.

Further to this, one of the primary teachers in the region used this resource with their class to share learning about the local area, which showed that it has valuable output even for those in a much younger age bracket.

Why do you think enterprise is important to education? And how do you feel it supports wider policy agendas like DYW?

Enterprise is absolutely vital, in terms of skills it just covers so many areas that employers are looking for. Positive attitudes to enterprise will boost employability, business creation and growth, will drive organisational success, leading to productivity gains and increased prosperity across Fife.

Taking our current climate emergency into account, our young people will be dealing with this for years to come and as highlighted by Skills Development Scotland, these enterprise skills are going to be absolutely pivotal – we’re having to prepare our learners for jobs that don’t even exist yet! Having a joined-up way of thinking will secure a brighter future for our young people.

How does enterprise activity help schools meet the Careers Standard?

We make sure that what we deliver both aligns and demonstrates how CfE allows them to deliver enterprise as it’s embedded throughout.

Importantly, supporting young people to develop their enterprising skills helps them in many aspects of their lives, and in any career path they want to choose.

With much more focus on the sustainability of projects, we recently engaged with the One World Centre in Dundee and we are also working on the development of a brand new augmented reality game called ‘Race to Zero’  for pupils aged 12-16 to highlight the energy transition journey and some of the challenges faced by businesses.

If a school wants to take part in programmes like these, how do they get involved?

Interested individuals can get in touch with me directly or make contact through their DYW co-ordinator, and we can engage in discussions with them to establish their needs and how we can best support or signpost them in the right direction.

How can practitioners get in touch?

fifemeansbusiness@fife.gov.uk

investfife.co.uk

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