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$2 MILLION BOOST FOR ENTERPRISE LEARNING IN SCHOOLS

14 January, 2005

The Australian Government will provide $2 million for a new initiative that will encourage young Australians to take an enterprising approach to their learning in secondary school.

“The ‘Enterprise Learning for the 21st Century’ initiative will fund innovative projects led by businesses, industry, education and community organisations which support the development of enterprise skills in young people,” said Acting Minister for Education, Science and Training, Gary Hardgrave.

“Under the projects, school students will be given the opportunity to think creatively, pursue innovation and educational, employment and self-employment opportunities.”

“The Government is committed to building an

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enterprising culture within Australia and to foster an environment of innovation excellence. An enterprising young person possesses the skills, behaviours and attributes conducive to the development of innovation and helps young Australian’s deal with the complexities of a global economy.”

Enterprise education has been introduced in schools across the country and fosters crucial skills and values such as:

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creativity, innovation and self-reliance; ●

the ability to generate, recognise and seize opportunities; ●

greater appreciation of the need for lifelong learning; and ●

personal development that will help them to be more adaptable.

“Enterprising young people can identify and seize opportunities and find solutions to problems and importantly have the ability to be examples to others,” Mr Hardgrave noted.

Advertisements calling for project proposals will be in this weekend’s newspapers.

Priority will be given to enterprise education initiatives that:

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support industry and business involvement in enterprising activities at the local level; ●

support innovative models to develop enterprising communities including through cross-portfolio approaches;

support initiatives to promote entrepreneurial

and enterprising skills among young people; and ●

promote best practice in enterprise education in schools.

For further details please check the website: http://www.dest.gov.au/schools/enterprise/index.htm.

Media Contact: Mr Hardgrave’s Office: Suzanne Ferguson 0402 896 100