Equipping students for global business

8 01 2008

School and college leavers in England will be better equipped to respond to the challenge of globalisation with the announcement by Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the Global Fellowship scheme, which will give school and college leavers in England the opportunity of a six-week educational trip abroad to learn about global business. The idea is for them to explore cultures and societies which ministers think will be key to Britain’s future, and initial trips will include China, India and Brazil.  100 places are available on the PMGF and selection begins in the spring and the winners will get to work in a school, visit a company and learn a language.  The programme will be run by the British Council and be funded by the DCSF at a cost of £1.4m a year.

Mr Brown said: “The Global Fellowship programme will offer young people in Britain the opportunity to see first hand the new world of the 21st century that is opening up before us.  It will develop the global awareness and enterprise skills that our young people will need to make Britain a success story in the future.”

This initiative is aimed at gap year students, but graduates have the opportunity to participate in the NCGE-Kauffman Flying Start Global Fellowship which takes the best entrepreneurial talent from UK universities, links them with the entrepreneurial environment in America, and encourages these graduates to develop scalable high intensity businesses. The Prime Minister met with the Flying Start Global Fellows in November 2007, during Enterprise Week.

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