NetBop pledges their support to Entrepreneurship Academy Wales by sponsoring a Student

August 17, 2012

NetBop has become one of the latest companies to offer financial support to the new Entrepreneurship Academy Wales by sponsoring a student.

The Entrepreneurship Academy Wales was launched on the 8th October 2012 in the presence of Edwina Hart at the Innovation Foundry (Dylan Thomas Centre), Swansea.

The programme is targeted at aspiring young business leaders aged between 16 and 19 from across all Wales. The course is being run by Gower College Swansea and has been set up with the Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) South West Wales supporting its launch.

NetBop is keen to see entrepreneurship develop in the local area and has pledged a £1000 starter fund for one of the students to help get their business off the ground.

Throughout the 12 months course, students will also undertake an internship with business partners and ultimately start their own businesses. There is a key emphasis of ‘learning by doing’ that sees students working alongside successful local business, including NetBop, who will also deliver part of the curriculum, completing workshops and master classes.

At the end of the course, students will not only be running their business, but also have gained a BTEC qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Sue Poole, Education Enterprise Manager at Gower College Swansea, which is delivering the Academy: “We are passionate about inspiring the next generation of young entrepreneurs and are delighted to work alongside our partners to develop the talents of these exceptional young people“

NetBop founder Andrew Downie said: “With record levels of unemployment, it’s particularly important to inspire some of our young people to consider creating employment for themselves.“

“As soon as I read the course was being developed, I wanted to ensure that NetBop was involved and I, personally, would have benefitted from an initiative like this when I was in school. Not only is the money we have pledged going to be spent in the local economy, it will give a student a start-up fund to spend on the essentials of getting a new business off the ground.“