Causeway Enterprise Agency has a long history of being engaged in business education partnerships. The Board and Senior Management Team have recognised the importance of promoting Enterprise in Education has this has been in fact a key strategic priority of the organisation since 1995.
Causeway Business Education Partnership - CBEP
The agency was instrumental in founding what was known initially as Coleraine Business Education Partnership (now Causeway Business Education Partnership or CBEP) This is a partnership that is managed and resourced by CEA and is representative of 46 primary schools and 12 post primary schools across the council areas of Coleraine and Moyle.
The remit of CBEP is to build links between education and the private sector, providing opportunities for young people to learn about entrepreneurship and self- employment and engage with real life business people to learn from their experience.
Under the umbrella of CBEP, CEA develops, manages and delivers an annual portfolio of programmes aimed at inspiring pupils to visualise their potential as the business owners, entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow.
During the financial year 2012/13, CEA delivered 10 programmes in total engaging 1,914 primary and 2,537 post primary pupils. Initiatives included Enterprise Road shows, Career Conventions, Gaming Master Classes, Enterprise Awareness Workshops and a STEM Road show, focusing on the key drivers of the global economy - science, technology, engineering and maths
Schools are the Business Programme
Outside the CBEP programmes, CEA also manages a “Schools are the Business Programme” which is funded by the Department of Social Development and is delivered in partnership with 2 pre-school nurseries, 4 primary and 2 post primary schools within the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas of Coleraine. This programme is just about to enter its third year. During 2012/13, 496 pupils took part in 3 programmes under the umbrella of this initiative to include The Business Battleground (in association with Morelli’s Ice-cream), The Potato Challenge (in association with 5 leading NI celebrity chefs) and The Giants Story by Willow (in association with award winning artist Louise McLean and the National Trust)
Coderlab is CEA’s most recent project involving business education partnerships. The organisation has invested in the development of new hi tech gaming laboratory with the view to deliver programmes into schools around digital gaming and computer programming. The digital economy is the new emerging growth sector for Northern Ireland yet alarmingly computer science is not being taught as part of the primary and post primary school curriculum. CEA’s vision with Coderlab is to generate enthusiasm and awareness of the career opportunities for programming and develop a skills base for both young people and teaching staff that can will meet the needs of this emerging digital sector
Finally, CEA staff & Directors also support the other stakeholders involved in business education and partner’s organisations such as Advantage NI and Young Enterprise in their post primary programmes, acting as Judges, mentors and facilitators. We also respond to ad hoc requests directly from schools to facilitate interview days or support for controlled assessments at GCSE level