For the community

Enterprise Training: RTC North delivers enterprise training for young people, teachers and other providers of enterprise education.  Our work is built on tried and tested approaches incorporating feedback from organisations that we have worked with. Our methodology is to offer a bespoke service to meet the needs of schools and colleges depending upon their existing level of enterprise awareness and entrepreneurial expertise.

SimVenture: Our current Enterprise programmes recognise that the Business simulation process is a valuable element of the support package for clients with a half day session dedicated to this area.

In light of this, RTC North has purchased a number of SimVenture licenses, a business simulation game containing a wealth of up-to-date information. The software is designed to increase business and entrepreneurial skills and understanding and thus increase chances of employment and/or setting up and running a business successfully. 

Simventure offers:

An interactive hands on learning opportunity for individuals who wish to set up their own business.
Budding entrepreneurs can use the software to practice running a business at no risk before committing real money and time to a venture.

All participants also receive entrepreneur toolkits that include information about:

  • summary of workshop activities
  • help on business planning
  • case study examples of local entrepreneurs
  • signposting to advice and support for the development of business ideas

The sessions are delivered by RTC North and support would be provided from business support agencies and organisations e.g. Enterprise agencies, Yorkshire Forward business ambassadors, Business Link Yorkshire and Enterprise Europe Network advisors etc. 

Evaluation and monitoring of workshop impact will be included at each session with monitoring and evaluation sheets submitted from each client. Analysis of impact will made with findings and summary charts readily available.

Learning outcomes of sessions:

  • Individual skills development
  • Experience of running a business
  • Generation of ideas
  • Start of the matching process – individual to idea ( own or idea from Business opportunity and Idea Bank)
  • More enterprising individuals
  • More enterprising employees
  • Future potential business start ups in addition to this process


Northern Way Enterprise in Education Programme (NEEP): RTC North was appointed Managing Organisation in the North East for the northern Way Enterprise in Education Programme (NEEP).  The project match funded school activity by offering up to £9,500 per school to develop enterprise activity at key stage 3 to compliment activity at key stage 4 already funded by DfES.  RTC North provided support to all schools involved in the project and managed the relationship between schools and their enterprise advisers. 

With the support of this funding 118 secondary, high schools and special schools were financially and practically assisted to embed enterprise into their curriculum, supporting in excess of 25,000 students with enterprise skills development and assisted over 150 school based enterprise champions with continuous profession development in the area of enterprise education.

Working with partner organisations within the North West and Yorkshire area the NEEP programme ensured collaboration and joined up thinking across the 3 Northern Way regions.
Due to the success of the NEEP programme RTC North was appointed to manage the NE-PES project offering a programme of enterprise interaction and activity at key stage 5.

North East Post 16 enterprise Support (NE-PES): Based upon the experiences and successes of the NEEP programme for pupils at key stage 3 One NorthEast has made a commitment to extend enterprise skills to key stage 5 in further education colleges, schools and sixth forms across the north east region.  Due to the success of the NEEP programme RTC North has been contracted as the managing organisation for this one year project. Offering funding from April 08 to March 09 50 institutions throughout the region will gain up to £10,000 to support enterprise training and skills development.

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