October 8th 2015

National Enterprise Challenge 2016 Launch

On Monday 5th October, our co-owner Di McEvoy-Robinson joined 3 of our Apprentices from the Stoke Academy at The House of Commons for the launch of the National Enterprise Challenge 2016.

We are delighted to be the official Apprenticeship Provider for the National Enterprise Challenge 2016 after previously sponsoring the event last year. Since launching in 2013 the challenge has been delivered to over 60,000 young people from over 200 schools from across the UK. The full year group programme has received high profile support from the likes of Theo Paphitis and Lord Sugar and businesses such as ourselves, Ryman, OCR, Staffordshire University, Alton Towers, Gandys, Inspiring Learning and NCS.

The Palace of Westminster was the beautiful and historical setting for the above launch event and 3aaa were delighted to join many guests from schools, businesses and educational organisations at the reception. Alex Jones, Natasha Cowan and Ashleigh Porter Exley were also in attendance through the work that 3aaa do with many schools taking part in the National Enterprise Challenge.

Tristram Hunt – MP for Stoke, hosted the event and Dragon’s Den star – Theo Paphitis chatted with Apprentices and school pupils about their enterprising ideas and ambitions. He also spoke to the guests about how setting up a business is not an easy option with over 50% of new businesses failing within the first year, but hard work, determination, discipline and focus are as important as making money. He ended his speech by reminding everyone that running a business is also about having fun!

Di McEvoy Robinson said “The challenge is one of the biggest entrepreneurial competitions across the UK for school to participate and for teams to set up new business ideas. 3aaa are delighted to work with Ben and Michael Dyer and the team from The National Enterprise Challenge to support and encourage young people to be more enterprising.”

Luke and Theo Paphitis

Photo 1 – Theo Paphitis, Di McEvoy-Robinson, Ashleigh Porter-Exley and local employer Matt Hubbard from Reels in Motion who also has two 3aaa Apprentices. Leisha and Declan – 3aaa Apprentices – employed by The National Enterprise Challenge also met Theo Paphitis.

Photo 2 – Luke Hough – 3aaa Stoke academy Apprentice with Theo Paphitis.

You’ll now find a 3aaa Academy in Bedford, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Croydon, Derby, Gloucester, Guildford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Maidstone, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Reading, Romford, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke, Swindon, Tamworth, Warwick, Watford, Worcester and York.

Academies will soon be opening in Exeter, Hull, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton.

If you are an Employer looking to transform your business, email: employnow@3aaa.co.uk or a young person looking to take your first steps into an exciting career in IT, Web & Social Media, Digital Marketing, Accountancy, Business Administration or Financial Services, email: applynow@3aaa.co.uk.