Putney High School recruits 'entrepreneur-in-residence' because so many traditional jobs will not exist in future

A London school has recruited an “entrepreneur-in-residence” to inspire pupils to start their own businesses because so many traditional jobs will not exist in future.

Putney High School wants to give pupils the confidence to “blaze their own trail” rather than follow well-trodden career paths.

The £18,000-a-year all-girls school is turning itself into an “incubator” for start-ups by bringing in entrepreneur Jo Cruse to work from the site - writes standard.co.uk.

Ms Cruse, who runs a business selling leadership training programmes to schools, aims to “demystify the process” of setting up a business and offer career advice to pupils.

Headmistress Suzie Longstaff said she wants pupils to develop “real-world” skills, adding: “Academic excellence is central to what we do at Putney High School, but when you consider that 80 per cent of our junior school pupils will one day be working in jobs that don’t even exist today, it is essential that we do everything we can to ‘future-proof’ their education. Having [Ms Cruse] will support those aims.

“The Nineties saw a decline in manufacturing jobs. I see the middle half of the 21st century seeing huge changes in the service industry as apps replace advisers and computers and AI replace humans.

“The jobs that will be required will require innovation, creativity and technical skills.”

Ms Cruse, 31, described herself as an “accidental entrepreneur”.

She grew up in South Africa and worked in politics before moving to London to become a teacher. She now runs The Unreasonables, which hosts leadership programmes for teachers and pupils.

She said: “There has been a lot of hype about start-ups in recent years and there are a lot of misconceptions about how hard setting up a business can be.

“I hope that Putney’s entrepreneur-in-residence scheme will demystify the process and give young people a more realistic understanding of what is involved.”

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