Entrepreneurial Work Experience

Glasgow, UK, 2019

NoTosh Team

Ewan McIntosh, Malie Watson,Geraldine De Fazio, Keith Cook

Sometimes it’s the haystack you need to find

St. Andrew's RC Secondary School

Many young people struggle to find a meaningful work experience placement - either they can find none, or they’re reduced to making tea and not gaining a realistic flavour of work. However, we know that entrepreneurship can happen anywhere - it doesn’t need an office outside school. Crucially, entrepreneurship comes from a learnable set of skills and attitudes.

“It’s simpler than we all think to make more of a dent in the world” - Robyn

The 6th Year Student group at St. Andrew’s RC Secondary School in Glasgow were set a challenge by NoTosh - to find a problem that they cared about, create a big idea to solve it, and then have their idea hit national television news before the end of the following month.

The S6 students were challenged to think like entrepreneurs and to find the relevance of these goals in their local, Glasgow or Scottish community.

Students worked across three intensive days, in small self-selected groups to produce a single ‘How Might We’ statement that propelled their self identified local problem to a place of action, where ideas and potential solutions could then be floated, discussed and imagined.

To push their skillset further and challenge the students to operate in a work-like pressured environment, they were tasked with building and presenting a Pitch around their work. Each group was responsible for ensuring that every one of their members was equipped and prepared to tell the story around their problem and that they were able to give kind, specific and useful feedback to the other groups upon hearing their pitch.

Each of the pitches focused on changing the lives of other students, vulnerable members of the local community and the quality of life lived by many in Glasgow, with a clear problem and a forward-thinking, innovative but achievable plan to make the change required to begin to solve the issue at hand.

Pitches were delivered in a ‘Market Place’ setting which saw each member of every team both present and listen to the pitches of others in the room before each student was then able to vote for up to five of their favourite pitches, but not their own.

Students voted for their top five favourite pitches (but not their own) with the top six teams tasked with presenting on the final day to a full audience with the opportunity to gather further support to take their idea to the next level.

“You don’t have to wait for someone else to make the change for you, and you can be from any background” - Erin