Female CEO says adding entrepreneurship to curriculum would ’empower kids’


dding entrepreneurship to the secondary school curriculum would “empower” children, according to the only female chief executive of a City stockbroker.

Sam Smith chief executive of financial advisory company finnCap, claims training children in business would help non-academic students and lead to more diverse staffing in the worlds of finance and business.

Ms Smith, 47, said learning to be an entrepreneur is a “valuable skill set”.

She added: “To take the focus away from just academics can have a real social impact in the future and empower kids, which I think is the most important thing.”

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Ms Smith, who lives in Clapham south London has worked with different companies to bring entrepreneurship into schools, both in person and online after the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and is now pushing for entrepreneurship to be added to the national curriculum.

“Where we started was partnering with Stepping into Business… it was paying for schools to have an entrepreneurship course, and then the school would run that course delivered by Stepping into Business,” she told the PA news agency.

“You might have a few people in that class who are not academic, but would consider entrepreneurship as a route.

“They (their teachers) found that on the entrepreneurship course, the students were excited, they suddenly came into their own.

“It was just a different way of working, and they’d almost written that person off, just because they weren’t academic.”

FinnCap is now working to develop a free online entrepreneurial training course to help inspire young people to “consider setting up their own business”.

“Covid-19 hit and schools were closed, so that put an end to the direct entrepreneurship in school, and hopefully that comes back again,” Ms Smith said.

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