STOW College’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, launched last night by Education Secretary, Michael Russell, has been established to build links between education, enterprise and business.
The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning seeks to encourage local businesses to become involved and work with Stow College to help deliver and support a new generation of enterprising students who will help re-energise Glasgow’s economic prosperity.
Speaking at the launch, Keith McKellar, Chair, Stow College Board of Management, said: “Our Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning illustrates what we do best – building networks between enterprise and creativity through a cross-fertilisation of the private and education sectors.
“We believe that our new Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, through its membership of the Gazelle Colleges group and links with the Peter Jones Academy, can be a catalyst for the wider colleges sector throughout Scotland.”
Robert McGrory, Chief Executive and Principal of Stow College, said: “As a member of the Gazelle Colleges group, Stow College views entrepreneurship as an important driver for strategic change in Further Education.
“With a government strategy focusing on the importance of a more forward thinking and entrepreneurial workforce for economic recovery and the need for college graduates to be equipped with the skills required to enter the labour market, the need for transformational change is more important than ever.”
Stow College has already started transforming the learner experience and enhancing the entrepreneurial culture within the college through the introduction of national enterprise competitions and projects as well as the establishment of Scotland’s first Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.
Stow College is the only Scottish member of The Gazelle Colleges Group, an alliance of 19 colleges committed to transforming the curriculum to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset in their students, and the launch of its Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning also marks the Scottish launch of Gazelle Local, an organisation committed to combining the exceptional experience of entrepreneurs who have succeeded in business with leaders in the further education and wider public sector.
‘Gazelles’ are dynamic, fast-growth young businesses, making the greatest impact on growth, wealth creation and employment opportunities in Britain.
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Date 1st March 2013