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Encouraging tomorrow's enterprising talent

I read with interest your recent coverage relating to the newly published report entitled Determined to Succeed, which outlines the Scottish Executive's strategy for teaching enterprise in Scottish schools.

One of the report's key recommendations related to the creation of a national awards scheme in conjunction with a commercial partner. This is a particularly encouraging development and would give schools the oppor-tunity to achieve recognition for their efforts in placing enterprise at the heart of their curricula.

While it is still early days for these recommendations, I would meantime encourage all Scottish schools to enter the Motorola national award for enterprise in education, co-ordinated by the National Centre at Strathclyde University (www.natcentre.org.uk).

The purpose of the award is to recognise the achievements made by schools throughout Scotland in delivering education for work and enterprise. To date, seven primary, 34 secondary and five special schools have achieved this award.

New for 2002-2003 is the Motorola advanced award, which is designed to recognise consistent, long-term commitment to the development of enterprise skills in the curriculum. All recipients of the standard national award are eligible to apply for advanced status.

Nurturing tomorrow's talent from an early stage is key to the long-term success of Scotland's businesses.

I am encouraged by these latest steps from the Scottish Executive and await the implementation of the report's recommendations with interest.

Tony Joyce Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Motorola Ltd

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