Birmingham-based EdTech start-up company Enploy has pledged its support for the region’s young talent in a bid to get more people ready for the world of work by developing their entrepreneurial way of thinking.
The company, based at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, has kicked-off the initiative by launching its first six-week programme on 12th October, equipping 25 young people from Aston University and Sandwell College with a greater skillset to prepare for the start of their careers.
Partly funded by Unltd, support network for social entrepreneurs, the programme couples Enploy’s online diagnostic tool designed to help 16 to 24-year-olds identify their own entrepreneurial traits, with a tailored online learning portal and access to industry experts and workshops. Jon Allen, Co-Founder said:
“We have a vision to help solve youth unemployment in the West Midlands by bridging the skills gap and changing the mindset of young people to become more entrepreneurial. Developing skills such as creative thinking, recognising opportunity and tolerance to risk are important for all young people whether they want to be their own boss or work for someone else.”
Founded in January 2016, the company joined the Barclays Eagle Lab within Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip Smart City Incubator six months ago in a bid to grow the start-up and access key markets. Jon added:
“Being in the Barclays Eagle Labs environment has provided an ideal foundation of start-up support for us. This has also resulted in opportunities to network, build key contacts, and grow our business.
“The programme is pivotal in the region’s eco system. The physical space is great and we have found the openness to drive collaboration between businesses motivating.”
Enploy’s vision is to help 50,000 young people into business by 2020.