Further funding will spark some bright ideas

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last week a further £327,000 for enterprising schools to help realise the Scotland CAN DO ambition and encourage entrepreneurial sparks from Scotland’s young people.

Ms Sturgeon made the announcement in a speech at an event to business leaders and industry chiefs in Glasgow on Friday evening, and added that Scotland’s schools, colleges and universities have a crucial role in shaping the next generation of the country’s intelligent, innovative and inventive entrepreneurs.

Speaking ahead of the Entrepreneurial Spark event, Ms Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government recognises the key role of entrepreneurial activity in delivering sustainable economic growth and we are committed to raising aspiration towards enterprise and facilitating the growth of entrepreneurial businesses.

“Scotland CAN DO is our national statement of intent towards becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial nation.

“I am delighted to announce £327,000 for the Enterprising Schools Project; a joint project led between Education Scotland and the project partners, delivering vital initiatives aimed at developing an entrepreneurial mindset in our young people.

“We want to ensure that future generations of Scots have every encouragement, support and advice that they need.

“That’s not something government can do on its own, it’s a shared endeavour. All of us, in the public sector, the third sector and the private sector must continue to do what we can to promote entrepreneurship and ensure our nation realises its potential.”

Geoff Leask, chief executive of Young Enterprise Scotland, said: “The Enterprising Schools Project will develop a collaborative approach to ensuring that our young people in Scotland can benefit from an enhanced entrepreneurial mindset and improved enterprise skills.

“By working together with the support of the Scottish Government, we will contribute towards raising the attainment of young people.”