Create and NCEE Hold The Scottish Enterprise Educators Programme (SEE)

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The Scottish Enterprise Educators Programme (SEE) was held last week by CREATE, with the support of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE). The national programme aims to develop participants to become a new generation of informed, flexible and professional enterprise educators in Scotland, with the further goal to encourage the support of learners in developing enterprise and employability skills.

The course took inspiration from NCEE’s established International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (IEEP) to build upon the key principles and knowledge to deliver modules familiar to the IEEP, such as exploring the enterprising ‘mindset’. Participants can now go on to gain Fellowship of the SEE and IEEP Associate Fellows status which can then lead to further accreditation.

The demand for SEE was evident as the first programme was fully booked with 17 Scottish tertiary level educators participating from early 2012. The participants’ experiences and expertise range in discipline areas, job roles, with a mix of further and higher education backgrounds making up a dynamic group and network.  Alison Harrison, Enterprise Lecturer at Inverness College UHI said, “The need for all our learners to have an enterprising ‘mindset’ is more important than ever – however this gives us a real challenge as educators This programme introduced me to a broad range of enterprising teaching and learning approaches and encouraged me to actively experiment and develop as an enterprising educator.  I firmly believe we need to be role models for our learners and that this programme helped me develop my professional enterprising capacity.”

Programme Director, Head of CREATE and also IEEP Fellow, Carol Langston added “we are delighted to launch SEE. The programme meets an identified need in the current Scottish Educational Landscape and not only supports the professional development of enterprising educators in an innovative way but help to build a strong network of enterprising educators in Scotland able to exploit opportunities for their learners in the UK and beyond.”

John Henderson, CEO of Scotland’s Colleges, who are supporting this programme as part of their Enterprise Hub Project said “This is an exciting development and helps put Scotland’s colleges at the forefront of supporting students in becoming more enterprising, by developing the capacity of enterprise educators in the Scottish college sector.”

Paul Hannon, Acting CEO of the NCEE said that “we welcome the SEE as a true innovation for the tertiary education sector. Underpinned and supported by NCEE experience of IEEP, this programme exclusively focuses upon key elements designed to support educators to make an immediate change in their approach and delivery.
SEE has created a new generation of educators across the sector and support the development of new practice across the tertiary education sector in Scotland.”

The course was held on February 2012 in an intensive residential 3-day period covering the first 3 modules, with the final 4th module concluding in June 2012. SEE are taking registrations of interest for the next programme due to commence in September 2012.

If you are interested, please email Carol Langston at carol.langston@inverness.uhi.ac.uk
For more information please visit Create at www.createhighland.com