ENTERPRISE skills are skills for life. They are skills such as team work, initiative, organisation, creativity, enthusiasm and originality. These skills are valued by educators, employers and society and are therefore crucially important.
You will use enterprise skills daily in the classroom, however we also try to run special events for you too (which you can see under the video). The video below shows why enterprise is so important.
YOUR BUSINESS PARTNERS
Heathfield Staff and Students meet for regular breakfast meetings with our dynamic and very committed partners representing a diverse range of small, medium and large businesses.
The meetings open with presentations by students who have participated in a range of Company Challenges launched by our partners, which benefit the business itself a well as developing students’ skills.
There are 30 regular contributors to the Work-Related and Enterprise Curriculum as well as another 40 members who support the students in activities including; Young Enterprise, National Enterprise Week, Enterprise Focus Days, Mentoring and Arts/Enterprise events.
The Holiday Inn
We have a well established working relationship with Heathfield School, developed over a number of years. Our staff are assisting with tutorials, assemblies and Enterprise Days giving Heathfield students a chance to enhance their customer service skills through work experience and the mentoring programme. Several ex-Heathfield students have found employment with us.
Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
We provide students with real opportunities to work in a professional environment including performance, front-of-house duties and work experience. We also host Art Enterprise events for year 10 students.
TDCVS (Taunton Deane Council for Voluntary Service)
We promote, support and develop voluntary and community action. Our Volunteer Centre encourages young people to participate in voluntary and community action. We talk to young people about the benefits of volunteering for them personally, what they gain by learning new skills and meeting different people, and how it can help in future employment.
The Chief Officer of TDCVS has been a mentor for the students in years 10 and 11 at the school since 1997, she undertakes this in her own time. TDCVS has provided staff members to participate and attend Enterprise Days since 1997 wherever possible. The TDCVS Chief Officer was also invited to join the Business Partnership in 2003 to represent the local voluntary and community sector.
We provide information and advice for those planning, starting and running businesses throughout the county. Through the Education Business Partnership we provide Heathfield School with a linkage to local companies and business support agencies. We are pleased to work with them on national events such as National Enterprise Week and to bring our knowledge of student and business association through joint college initiatives.
During the past year, we have worked with over 9,000 established businesses, more than 1,500 pre-start businesses and many students at college and schools across the country.
The Moore Scarrott Partnership
As a dynamic accounting practice we recognise the importance of young people leaving school with life skills, in addition to a broad range of academic qualifications. We have been delighted to be associated with Heathfield Community School over the last three years. Our involvement extends to the offer of work experience placements, provision of Enterprise Day advisers and supporting the school’s Lifelong Skills Programme.
Somerset Chamber of Commerce
We provide support to businesses across Somerset, getting involved in education and training in the work environment. Our website www.somerset-chamber.co.uk gives a good indication of what we do but one prime aim is to influence county and regional organisations to give direction to the Somerset economy. Using personal business experience and knowing the needs of Somerset businesses, we are able to assist Heathfield students through somerset programmes such as Enterprise Days and mentoring, stability, prosperity and quality of life of our community.
We have a longstanding relationship with Heathfield School and have been able to offer company challenges and work experience opportunities to students for many years. As an example, we are particularly pleased to have worked with school students in the production and design of the school brochure in 2006. The college is working with students to promote a culture of enterprise and innovation and supports Heathfield School’s initiatives in these areas.
Milsted Langdon is an independent firm of chartered accountants serving clients across the South West of England and beyond from offices in Taunton, Yeovil, Bristol and Bath. Our 16 partners and more than 170 staff provide comprehensive accountancy, business advisory, tax and other financial services to businesses ranging from SMEs to larger corporates and listed companies. We also work with individual clients. Our partners and managers offer expertise across an extensive range of the specialisms crucial to successful financial management, working closely with clients to build the long-term relationships that are a key feature of the way we do business.
We are delighted to be involved with the Heathfield Business Partnership and our staff that have attended various activity days at the school over the last few years have found the experience both rewarding and enjoyable. Where possible, we provide work experience placements to Heathfield students and regularly have a stand at the school’s careers fairs. We believe that the Heathfield Business Partnership provides an important link between the school and the business world.
Heathfield School is one of our key partner schools in Taunton. We have a strong relationship with the school as our staff attend numerous events in order to help students make their choices for the future. We regularly attend parents evenings, school career days and ‘world of work’ days. This helps Heathfield students consider their future options and the many opportunities available to them in further education. Richard Huish offers an extensive range of A level and vocational options including BTECs, AAT Accountancy and Apprenticeships for sixteen year olds.
Events so far…
YEAR 11 CAREERS FAIR, NOVEMBER.
Over 20 employers and colleges attended our biggest careers fair yet (thanks to Ms Booth). The aim was to help pupils prepare for life after school- the free stuff employers gave away helped too!
YEAR 10 WORLD OF WORK DAY, NOVEMBER
Pupils are taken off timetable and work in industry groups of their own choosing (e.g. creative, manufacturing, services, IT, finance and business etc). They work through a series of workshops and challenges, guiided by a business person.
World of work day has several aims. Firstly, it’s about getting pupils and business people working together. Secondly, it helps pupils think about future careers. It also kicks off work experience and motivates people to take part in a unique oppurutuiny. Finally, it’s good fun!
YEAR 9: NATIONAL TAKEOVER DAY
The idea behind National takeover is a good one, that young people take over adults jobs and give them a go for a day. It empowers young people and gives them experience of the world of work.
With that in mind 3 Heathfield year 9 pupils went and took over jobs in Taunton Museum. As you can see below, it wasn’t all work!
CATERING AND THE MINISTRY OF CAKE…
Pupils were set a challenge, to design a new cake. this was judged by ministry of cake expert (Garry Hewings). Winners got a tour around the factory and saw their cake produced by the professionals. The write up below is from an industry magazine.