Nwes World of Work (WoW) is delighted to have been shortlisted for the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund for their project ‘Doing it for Yourself’, which aims to work with over 2500 students in Norfolk and North Suffolk.

Alongside Nwes’ support for the start-up community, Nwes WoW is the company’s registered charity dedicated to connecting employers and educational establishments. Their workshops provide engaging enterprise activities for schools to inspire students and develop skills, including team work, communication, and employability. WoW improves student motivation, whilst preparing young people for working life.

Their project ‘Doing it for Yourself’ will be working on valuable Enterprise Simulation days with Year 8 students. As well as providing advice and guidance to smaller groups of Year 10 students who are showing real interest and flair for setting up their own businesses when they leave school. However, none of this is possible without vital funding.

Jan Cockburn, Education Projects Manager for Nwes WoW says:

“After carrying out a feasibility study in February with a number of representative schools, we submitted a bid to NatWest for some much-needed funding to support our ‘Doing it for Yourself’ project.”

“We are all too aware that schools are under enormous budgetary and curriculum time pressures, so being able to offer a valuable experience which is relevant, inspiring and free to students would be great.”

WoW wants to be able to help students achieve their goal of starting their own business when they leave school. As well as passing on the right guidance for the best chance of success. Without advance and support, starting your own business can be a daunting idea that many students may put off until later in life, or give up on altogether. Funding will ensure that this is possible and importantly, free for students, opening the opportunity up to everyone no matter their circumstances.

In 2018, NatWest is making £1 million available across England and Wales through their Skills & Opportunities Fund. Open to not-for-profit organisations with a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise. The regional boards, with the help of a public vote, will determine the destination of grants of up to £35,000.

WoW is thrilled to have made the shortlist, but now we need as many of you lovely folk as possible to vote for WoW’s project!

After selecting  the Midlands & East area, scroll down  and select ‘Nwes’. It only takes a few seconds!

Click here to vote and to show your support

Voting closes at midday Friday 20th April. Thank you very much for your support!

-The Nwes WoW team

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