Inspire young people about their education and their future!

This internationally acknowledged education programme is transforming the aspirations and skills of children and young people.

Working with schools and colleges in Rotherham and across the UK, enterprise is being harnessed as a legitimate vehicle for learning and helping young people develop the skills and qualities they need to face the future with confidence.

Rotherham Ready, and the national social enterprise Ready Unlimited, are committed to creating education that is fit for the 21st Century.

Please browse these pages for lots of ideas, free downloads and a host of brilliant resources and training opportunities.

Not from Rotherham? No worries… just visit our social enterprise that works nationally, Ready Unlimited, for more information about how we can support you.

Latest News: Ready for Retail

School leavers discover their flair for retail.

A group of school leavers from Wingfield Academy in Rotherham are praising Parkgate Shopping and its retailers for giving them “a potentially life-changing” work experience over the summer.

The 16 year-olds, who are about to start further education or apprenticeship courses in the town, have successfully completed a 10-week work placement scheme organised by Parkgate Shopping and Rotherham Ready.

They all agreed that it had made a big difference to their understanding and attitude to work. “ This was our first experience of a 5-day working week, and although we were nervous at the beginning, we were given such good training and made to feel really welcome,” said Ché Elvin.

She added: “The real bonus was gaining the confidence to deal with the public. Being given responsibility for certain tasks and seeing at first-hand how the shops are managed were also very useful.”

The young people were congratulated by their “employers” ,Parkgate staff and Rotherham Ready at a celebratory event to mark the end of their placements.

Vicky Wild from Mothercare Outlet said: “They were all a credit to themselves, their parents and their former school. Their attention to detail was impressive, as was their keenness to learn and get things right. We would have no hesitation in considering them for temporary or permanent posts should opportunities arise.”

The scheme was successfully trialled last year as part of an ongoing Rotherham Ready programme to help schools and colleges across Rotherham to develop enterprise education. According to Kate Penney, enterprise education projects coordinator at Rotherham Ready, it has now established itself as a valuable step onto the employment ladder. Kate reported that “The skills and experience the young people have gained over these 10 weeks will greatly enhance their future employment prospects, it puts the application of learning into a real working context.”.

Denis Copeland, Manager of Parkgate Shopping, observed:“ They are going into the next phase of their education with more confidence and self-belief as well as an understanding about the real world of work, and the kind of careers they might wish to pursue.”

Our very own enterprise theme tune!

A HUGE thanks goes out to the very enterprising staff and children at Thurcroft Infant School who have created and produced the very first enterprise theme tune to the sounds of ‘Wheels on the Bus’. Staff and children at the school work with the Foundation Enterprise Characters to introduce skills at a basic level and raise aspirations from Foundation to Year 2.

Watch the video above to see why enterprise is essential in every school and college around the world.