The economic situation has reduced employment opportunities for many school leavers. Any parent wants the best for their children and relevant qualifications that help in the job interview is high on the agenda. The new Sage business studies educational program helps children with their job prospects by providing a short business studies course in bookkeeping, business finance and accountancy for children at school that could make all the difference in job or higher education applications.
The Sage@School certificate can be gained by students through 10-15 hours study in a new course developed by accounts software specialist Sage UK. The course is available through www.keen2learn.co.uk in two packages; the Sage@School Teachers Pack provides all the background notes and manuals to allow teachers to coach school children to complete the Sage@School Students Pack in class and at home. But if your child is in a school which is not running the course any parent with a business mind can run the course at home. Any child’s successful completion of the online exam will be awarded a Sage certificate in business finance and accountancy
Having a business certificate in your child’s school CV could open that critical door in employment and higher education. Around 67 per cent of all school children dream of starting their own business, Sage@School provides the essential awareness of business finance if they do.
Bill Whiting, formerly Chief Executive B&Q during their significant growth in the UK, Europe and the Far East said “The Sage at School introductory business training packs are more than just welcome – they are desperately needed.”
“Too few children are leaving school without much interest in or knowledge of business – and yet that is precisely where the majority will have to make their lifetime’s living. We need to do more not only to provide them with this basic knowledge, but also to spark greater enthusiasm for a business career.”
“I know from experience that very many children in the fast developing countries, especially in the Far East, are now leaving school far better equipped and motivated to pursue a business career than our own children are in the UK. This needs to be rectified urgently or our economy will pay a very heavy price. Like it or not our children will have to be able to hold their own against increasingly fierce global competition.”
“The Sage Student Pack provides children with an excellent start and the Teacher Pack provides an ideal mechanism to ensure it can be delivered quickly and well. I hope it is widely used – and that more will follow!”
The number of NEET (not in education, employment or training) young adults is alarming. At a time of Ofqual’s admission that GCSE and A level exams have been made too easy, severely depleting their relevance in business, it is perhaps time that schools and parents take a closer look at some alternatives.