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02 February 2016

Schools 'should engage' with small firms

School pupils should have greater exposure to the work of small business entrepreneurs, FSB members were told.

School governor John Hardwick, an FSB member, argued that while young people hear from big business, few get to learn about their smaller counterparts.

Head teachers are given advice by a network of entrepreneurs and other business leaders on ways employers can engage with their schools.

But Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers and Enterprise Company, said time and resources constrained many small firms from getting involved.

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Sir Brendan Barber, Chairman of the arbitration service ACAS, said many young people were entering the world of work with different expectations to previous generations.

Job security and career paths were less of a pre-occupation for them – instead the focus was on taking life as it comes, he said.

Patricia Marks, FSB’s Regional Chairman for Somerset, said more needed to be done to boost adult education, particularly for people over the age of 35 who were considering setting up on their own.


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