By Community Correspondent Lucy F. J. Pope 13 to 14 year olds in Year 9 at Gumley House School begin life skills training later this month in order to be more successful in the future. Proving useful when introduced to the previous year group in 2009, the programme run by Young Enterprise is entitled ‘Learn to Earn’, and it does just that.

Running over the course of one school day, the course is especially relevant to Gumley House in particular; being a Business and Enterprise Specialist School, the course enables students to not only be introduced to more enterprising ways of thinking and tackling problems, but to become more aware of the different Business and Enterprise courses offered to the Year 9 students when they begin their GCSEs later on this year.

In accordance with the hugely enterprising community we live in, Gumley students will be educated on different aspects of finance that will be relevant throughout their lives; this includes topics such as managing rent and understanding credit/debit. Young Enterprise is a company specialising in courses which run to their central principle of “Learning by Doing”; the students shall partake in activities and exercises particular to the programme, as well as participating in a question and answer session with local business people and entrepreneurs. These activities combined with tangible and immediate experience will prove the interactive day to be hugely useful in not only these students’ option choices, but the rest of their lives.