Page 3: NFTE in the UK
NFTE fits well with recent educational and social developments in the UK. The curriculum in UK schools now places stronger emphasis on vocationalism, preparing young people for adult responsibilities and working life. A range of vocational subjects is taught, with business proving one of the most popular options. NFTE-UK maintains that universal entrepreneurial literacy is an essential ingredient to the long term strength of the UK.
The 1990s saw an increase in initiatives, such as The Prince’s Trust, that support enterprise in areas of deprivation, by giving young people free advice and support whilst they develop their own business ideas. NFTE-UK and The Prince’s Trust are developing synergistic models to serve deserving youth even more effectively. Since 1997, the government has promoted the idea of an ‘inclusive society’. This makes education, good health and the opportunities to make a living and set up in business available to everyone. This matches NFTE's vision which is: 'To bring economic self sufficiency to low income youth around the world.'
The current Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on businesses and educators to actively empower socially excluded young people with new skills, hope and vision. NFTE believes that its experience in working with 30,000 youth plus 2,000 teachers and youth workers in 15 countries will greatly benefit these young people.
Despite large capital and social investment in the past the UK still has areas of economic and social deprivation. Thus there is scope for both government and the private sector to improve the education and development of young people. NFTE-UK looks forward to an exciting public-private partnership.