The launch of Stow’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning in February 2013 demonstrated the College’s drive to transform vocational education and training in order to deliver a different outcome for students and employers in the 21st century workplace.
The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning seeks to encourage local businesses to become involved and work with Stow College to help deliver and support a new generation of enterprising students who will help re-energise Glasgow’s economic prosperity.
The foundation of entrepreneurial learning, how people acquire knowledge and enact new behaviours, lies in the process of recognising and acting on opportunities and organising and managing business enterprise. Much of the learning that takes place within an entrepreneurial context is experiential in nature and throughout our programmes and activities we strive to offer our students the experience of working first hand with employers and business entrepreneurs in the real world.
Stow College has already started transforming the learner experience and enhancing the entrepreneurial culture within the college through the introduction of national enterprise competitions and projects as well as the establishment of Scotland’s first Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.
Stow College is the only Scottish member of The Gazelle Colleges Group, an alliance of 19 colleges committed to transforming the curriculum to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset in their students, and the launch of its Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning also marks the Scottish launch of Gazelle Local, an organisation committed to combining the exceptional experience of entrepreneurs who have succeeded in business with leaders in the further education and wider public sector.
For more information on the launch read our news story 'New Stow College Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning'.
To view a short video on the centre launch visit our YouTube site.
As part of the Gazelle Colleges Group Stow College aims to enhance the entrepreneurial culture within the College by giving students the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial ideas and develop practical entrepreneurial skills.
Created in 2011, the Gazelle Colleges Group, is an alliance of colleges committed to transforming the curriculum to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset in their students; a mindset that will serve employers well and increase opportunities for all.
Gazelle combines the exceptional experience of entrepreneurs who have succeeded in business with leaders in the further education and wider public sector. They believe that in the current economic global climate it is vital to foster a new generation of social and commercial entrepreneurs; entrepreneurs, who can add value to communities, bring innovation to existing businesses and who can create their own employment with confidence and ambition.
To read more about the Gazelle Group and their case for transforming further education click here.
The entrepreneurial journey for students who are interested in learning about the theory and also gaining the experience of developing a business case starts with our BTEC level 3 course in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course.
On Thursday 27th September Stow College officially launched the first PJEA in Scotland. Over 100 businesses and organizations from across Scotland were represented at the event.
Set-up by Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones CBE, PJEA offers further education courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship where students set up and run their own businesses.PJEA courses are designed to be different, combining hands-on experience with classroom learning.They offer aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to realise their business dreams.
Although the Academy has been on the go South of the Border since 2009, with over 30 branded PJEA centres housed within some of England’s leading colleges, Stow is the first in
Will one of Stow’s Peter Jones students have what it takes to become National Entrepreneur of the Year?
See the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Graduation 2013 video.
You can find out more about this course here:
Serign B Sanneh, one of 2012/13 students tells his story - Testimonial
The Made Festival
Students from Stow College took part in the UK’s biggest festival of entrepreneurship. The College is the only in Scotland to be a part of the MADE Festival – a two-day-long event bringing together business stars of today and tomorrow to inspire and share ideas.
14 students from Stow College’s Creative Industries department joined more than 3,000 other guests from across the UK at the event, which took place in Sheffield.
You can find out more about the Made Festival here:
Stop That Bus...
The Start Up Bus tour is coming to Scotland and will visit Stow College (the only college in Scotland). Students with a business idea will be given help, support and guidance. The goal? To inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.
The bus will arrive at Stow College on 6th November 2012.
You can find out more about the Start Up Tour here:
The Market Maker
The Market Maker competition taking place in September 2013 encourages students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial , employability, personal and social skills.
Groups of students are invited to pitch their virtual business idea to a panel of judges in a Dragon's Den style setting in a bid to win a trip to New York.
You can find out more about the competition here:
One Day Challenge
This was another opportunity for students to work in teams to perform an entrepreneurial challange. This one day event was held on the 16th of November 2012 in the Lighthouse, Mitchel Lane Glasgow.
Team of students came up with an idea and pitched it to local business advisors. The winning team won £500 in Amazon vouchers.
Congratualations to Louise Maguire, Ross McCann, Kifayat Yussaf and Barry Gillespie.
You can find out more about what happened on the day here:
istart@Stow Incubator Hub – is a pioneering partnership between Stow, College, Digital Enterprise Glasgow and Glasgow City Council, which gives start-up creative companies free rent and entrepreneurial advice and support.
Operating from our incubator hub, two companies have already seen success. A teenage magazine entrepreneur Alice Muir is preparing for a major expansion TLG magazine is now set to go on trial sale at more than 120 WHSmith stores across the UK and Digital media and Music Company AV9 launched its online music service LiveMusicStage at Stow. The college’s student-run Electric Honey music label teamed up with AV9 in September to present a live online gig featuring Woodenbox an Electric Honey band
The concert deal comes only months after AV9 moved into Stow College as part of its istart@Stow incubator hub project.