George Freeman MP joins The Norfolk Way team to meet with School Heads and discuss their School Leaver Bursary

On Friday, George Freeman, MP for Mid Norfolk and Founder of The Norfolk Way, a charitable organisation to promote entrepreneurial achievement in rural Norfolk, met with Head teachers from across the region to discuss the Enterprise Bursary.

The Bursary is intended for non-academic school leavers; enterprising young people who want to start work, rather than continue to study. The Norfolk Way works with local schools to identify and recognise students with vision and determination, ultimately awarding the winners with a local business mentor, practical help to secure the kind of work experience that money simply cannot buy, and financial assistance where living and travel expenses are a barrier to following their passion and realising a dream.

Friday’s meeting is being hosted by Head teacher Michael Rose at Wayland High School from with his counterpart Heads from the following schools also attending: Old Buckenham High School, Dereham Neatherd High, Dereham Northgate High, Dereham Sixth Form, Attleborough High School, and Wymondham High School.

During the meeting the Head teachers heard about the Bursary scheme from George and the new Norfolk Way Chairman, local entrepreneur Robert Ashton, and discussed how to get the most out of it, with the idea being that more can be achieved collaboratively than individually.

Speaking after the meeting George Freeman said:

“We all know that times are tougher than ever for young people starting out in the jobs market, and I think it is even harder for those not living in our big cities. Work experience is becoming ever more important, but for those with long commutes and facing expensive travel costs, these can be out of reach. That’s why we set up the Bursary to give those school leavers who show real business promise a chance to obtain their full potential.

“The Norfolk Way is about creating a vibrant and sustainable rural economy, and that starts with giving our young people the best start we can.”

Photo: Later in the day George visited Jack Wellstead, one of this year’s Bursary Winners. He was at Wymondham High School, but upon completing his GCSE’s is now attending Easton College to study Sports and Fitness. The Norfolk Way secured work experience for Jack at the Amazon Gym in Shropham for the days he is not studying and are also investing in his training for a Level 2 instructor course.

George met Jack at the Amazon gym, (The Fitness Centre, Hargham Road, Shropham, Norfolk NR17 1DS) to catch up on his progress.