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Enterprising pupils receive plaudits at Ewood

20 July 2016

Around 100 potential entrepreneurs have been rewarded for their efforts over the course of the past academic year during a special ceremony at Ewood Park.

Participants in Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's Premier League Enterprise activities were given certificates to mark their completion of the programme, which is funded by the Premier League.
 
Many also took home certification for qualifications from OCR (Entry Level 3 in Business and Enterprise) and the specially constructed 'Blackburn at Work' award, put together by leading lights in local industry to show that those undertaking the project have learned some great business ideas that they can put into practice in later life.
 
Held in the Legends Lounge within the stadium, the local high school children were also treated to a welcome from the programme leader David Dunwell and keynote speeches from two prominent local businessmen - Ian Brown from wall covering specialists Graham and Brown and Khalid Saifullah from Star Tissue, who have been named as one of the London Stock Exchange's '1000 Companies To Inspire Britain'.
 
Dunwell was delighted to have both speakers on the bill, explaining:

"They gave the youngsters plenty to enthuse them about what the business world could hold for them once they've left education.
 
"The Premier League Enterprise programme is all about creating chances for teenagers to think about becoming entrepreneurs, or ideas for what they may want to do once they've left school, so there's nobody better to inspire them than two people from their own town who are out there right now and making their professions pay dividend for them.
 
"We've seen some great creative minds coming through our doors this year, and we look forward to welcoming our new intake from September onwards to see if they can do even better than the class of 2016 that has gone before them."
 
Premier League Enterprise is aimed at reducing underachievement while improving educational outcomes, increasing pupils' awareness of entrepreneurship and enterprise as well as offering them more employability skills, achieved by using the football business model as an educational tool.

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