In the third instalment of our Enterprise in… My Local Authority series, we travel to Fife to meet with Pamela Stevenson and chat to her about the importance of enterprise in schools and some of the excellent projects taking place across Fife Council.
SES: What is your role within your local authority?
PS: I’m Lead Officer for Economic Development and in my role we support the businesses to start, grow and thrive in Fife. We have created the Fife Culture of Enterprise Framework for Action which provides a blueprint for creating a vibrant enterprise culture in Fife. This framework recognises the need to support young people from an early age to develop their enterprising skills.
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.”
More positive attitudes to enterprise will boost employability, business creation and growth, and will drive organisational success, leading to productivity gains and increased prosperity across Fife. A more enterprising culture in the region will also support improvements in public service delivery and community activity, helping to ensure that more people in Fife can contribute effectively to the economic and social wellbeing of the region.
SES: Can you tell us about some of the enterprise projects going in schools across Fife?
PS: We support many schools by creating programmes to inspire them and their young people, that develops their enterprising skills. A few are showcased on the Scotland’s Enterprising Schools website:
They are continually evolving, and moving as the needs of Fife’s young people evolve. We are also enhancing the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) offering, more information on this will follow.
SES: Why do you think enterprise is important to education? And how do you feel it supports wider policy agendas like DYW?
PS: As previously mentioned, positive attitudes to enterprise will boost employability, business creation and growth, will drive organisational success, leading to productivity gains and increased prosperity across Fife.
A more enterprising culture in the region will also support improvements in public service delivery and community activity, helping to ensure that more people in Fife can contribute effectively to the economic and social wellbeing of the region.
All in all, it secures a brighter future for generations to come. That is why it is so important to engage with our young people now. They need to be involved in creating that future, with the right tools to succeed. The aims of DYW & CfE align and strengthen what we have been doing in Fife, and highlights the importance even more.
SES: How does enterprise activity help schools meet the careers standard?
PS: We always ensure that our programmes align with the Curriculum for Excellence and Developing the Young Workforce outcomes. 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.
SES: Do you engage with other organisations to help with the delivery of enterprise activities? If so, could you tell us about some of them?
PS: We work with a vast number of agencies in delivering our programmes. Internally at Fife Council we work with the Education team at a central level and with the individual schools they support.
We also work with agencies such as Skills Development Scotland, Opportunities Fife and The Knowledge Partnership Group, which has representatives from further and higher education to align enterprise provision.
We also work hard to create and maintain industry relationships. This helps us to gain insights into the future economic needs and support those with targeted and focused industry programmes such as the Raytheon Quadcopter which is showcased on the Scotland’s Enterprising Schools website.
SES: If a school wants to take part in enterprise activity in Fife, how do they get involved?
We have created a local Culture of Enterprise site on GLOW which hosts a toolkit of support material and information on the existing programmes. You can find out more information by emailing the Culture of Enterprise Coordinator, Sandra Robb, at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Education team will also be happy to help.