Steel firm backing Young Enterprise

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ONE of Hartlepool’s biggest employers is backing a national drive to make entrepreneurship a compulsory part of the UK school curriculum.

Tata Steel has joined more than 180 companies by signing up for the Young Enterprise Charter.

The charter campaign began gathering signatures in May to highlight growing concern across industry that the Government’s decision to narrow the curriculum could damage the economy.

Since then a host of companies have signed up.

Ian Smith, chairman of Young Enterprise, said: “The response to the Young Enterprise Charter has been astonishing.

“The line-up of businesses, organisations and individuals who have backed our call for enterprise education to be made part of the National Curriculum cannot be ignored.”

The results came a day after Young Enterprise published a survey of 28 major employers and professional organisations.

It showed that 75 per cent of the organisations surveyed said the British education system was not equipping young people with the skills they need to enter the workforce, particularly because of a lack of “employability” skills.