Students & Graduates

From Key Stage 3 to PHD

Schools, colleges, universities and community organisations, if you're looking for one off startup workshops through to subject specific enterprise weeks then get in touch. 

The focus is empowering confidence, creativity and inspiring students & graduates to consider self employment as a viable, future career path. 

Our team are young, fun and ensure activities are matched to your learning outcomes.

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Themes and topics covered

When it comes to enterprise skills we focus on the personal development of your students and graduates, using Entrecomp as our framework for learning. 

Topics include:

  • Building your professional network
  • Pitching and public speaking
  • Your personal brand
  • Market research and testing ideas

Activities can be delivered as one off workshops or a full week of ideas generation, pitching and industry expert feedback. 

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"A great project, an opportunity to work with the students in a different way and a great informative way of looking at job opportunities for future generations."

Catherine Forrester
INDUSTRY SPARK school lead

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Love this!! Thank you for such a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain meaningful experience of work + to explore careers through the curriculum + LMI!! Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 4, 5, 6

Marie Jobson
Churchill Community College, Careers Lead

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This project was great, led by brilliant facilitators who were encouraging and committed, this definitely helped the students to get involved. Overall, this was a great experience and taught the students so much about themselves; that they are capable and able to achieve so much in a short period of time

Lucy Whibley
TyneMet College

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“Thanks again for all the hard work in the preparation, and over the weekend. You know you are making a real difference to the lives and outcomes of many of our students and graduates, and I’m sure we’ll continue to develop and improve (the bar has already been set very high, and keeps on getting raised!) these important events.”

Andrew Haxell
Head of Careers and Employment
Northumbria University

Universities we've worked with

Wanting more university backed startup spin outs? We'll work on empowering the inner entrepreneur and leave the ideas to you and your students/graduates.

From tenders to frameworks, we can do one off sector specific enterprise weeks through to enterprise weekends and summer schools for widening participation students.

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Colleges we've worked with

From bespoke enterprise programmes with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to stretch and challenge weeks. We can work with your gaming students to develop confidence and your hair & beauty students to consider self employment after they finish their course.

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Schools we've worked with

We've worked with individual schools, inviting in young entrepreneurs through to interschool enterprise competitions complete with assemblies, learning resources and live finals in front of your local business community.

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Additional services

Hosting your own enterprise celebration? We can provide you with events and activity consultation, marketing support and a fun and passionate compere to ensure you are getting the most out of your efforts, with the business community engaged and in attendance. 

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Who you'll be working with

Meet the Team

Charlotte Windebank

As FIRST’s Managing Director, Charlotte is responsible for development, vision and quality. She supports the operations and communication managers and ensures all company outputs are aligned to objectives, values, and mission. Alongside her role as director, Charlotte is an advocate for social and structural change within entrepreneurship and is regularly invited to speak about research, innovations and positive actions towards increased inclusivity and empowerment for early stage founders, young people and junior staff.

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Sam Gallilee

Sam has 20 years experience working across the education and youth sector for school trusts, local councils and national charities. Sam’s passion and experience ensures all of FIRST’s projects create meaningful outcomes whilst supporting the team to ensure they have the resources they need to deliver their projects to the highest quality standards.

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Ellie Short

Ellie works on assessment, pastoral care and coordinates all of FIRST's educational contracts to ensure learners develop essential skills and gain valuable experiences when working with us. She is passionate about inclusive education and loves a challenge!

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Masud Raja

Masud's role is to share our enterprise and entrepreneurial opportunities with stakeholders including learners, partners and clients. As an innovating 'intrepreneur' Masud works with the learning/development and communications team to empower communities to develop confidence, leadership and progression skills.

Jack Havver

Jack works across our projects to support FIRST's community of learners, making sure they are comfortable and can fully participate in our courses workshops and events. Jack loves helping people and watching their courage and skills grow as a result of developing enterprise skills.

Oliver Leach

Olly works with all learners to share information about our courses, events and opportunities. He is brilliant at supporting learners with their options and loves to see the people he has worked with go onto achieve great things.

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Sam Clegg

Samuel Clegg is an advocate for entrepreneurship, business and innovation, and is highly passionate about supporting and helping others in their business journeys. He is a business owner, advisor, academic, and published researcher with over 10 years’ experience within the SME and Startup profession. Sam works as a tutor for our enterprise courses and brings energy, passion and first hand knowledge of what it's like to run a business.

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Nina Raja

As a creative entrepreneur and teacher, Nina's skill set is in engagement and accessibility of our enterprise qualifications. She brings charisma, vibrancy and uses her creative eye to innovate within courses and workshops to ensure they are fun and interactive for learners.

Lord Simon Jacobs

Simon is a caring, innovative and people focused entrepreneur who works with learners to refine their business thoughts and build confidence/self belief. He is a creative, unusual and inspiring tutor, instilling a can do attitude whilst challenging learners to think outside the box.

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FIRST are always on the look at for talented, training associates to join our team. For more information email

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