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Enterprise to become core skill, says college principal

Enterprise skills will become as important as English and maths as the number of self employed workers rises to its highest in 40 years, according to South Leicestershire College principal Marion Plant.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show roughly 4.6 million people describe themselves as self employed, or 15% of the workforce.

Plant said: “Being self-employed is not a simple matter. It involves self-reliance, an understanding of the market, self-confidence and the ability to cope with repeated failures.

“Some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs have had to overcome massive business failures. But it has been their ability to pick themselves up, learn from their mistakes and start over that has marked them out.”

Natalie Thornhill

(Pictured: South Leicestershire College principal Marion Plant)

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