Spring may not have officially sprung, but the FIRST team has certainly jumped to action since the start of the year. Funded through Northumberland College, European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, the temporary work-placement scheme that connects ambitious students with the all-important experience they need and delivers real benefits for SMEs in the NELEP area.
That demand is hotting-up and is demonstrated by placing 27 students in Durham businesses last week, a huge thanks to everyone who helps made that happen! Are you a Durham business looking for an extra pair of hands? Contact Zoe or Alice to find out how to get involved.
Ambitious startups need talented young people to join their teams. We’re already on the lookout for this year’s challenge applicants, and following the success of our 10th anniversary year, are already looking for the right suite of partners who can support early stage businesses as they grow. We like to innovate and if you do too, please get in touch. We currently have three award-categories (with one more in the pipeline) and to ensure that the ideas-stage entrants are the best they can be we’re working in partnership with all of the universities to unearth the entrepreneurial talent they’re incubating. Startup Co at Durham was a fine example, we’re already looking forward to the next one on 21st March.
And of course in these difficult times it’s not good enough just to set up a business, more and more entrepreneurial and corporate leaders are thinking seriously about the way they do business, not just what the business does. We now count ourselves as one of that number, our chair has signed up for a responsible business short-course at Newcastle Business School. One of our rules – don’t expect others to do what you’re not prepared to do yourself!