Developing the Young Workforce are pleased to report that Young Enterprise Scotland has been awarded the DYW Quality Accreditation at Silver level, in recognition of the work it does to develop young people’s business skills.

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Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity which empowers young people to harness both their personal and business skills. By linking schools with businesses, YE enables young people to develop the knowledge, attitude and skills required to succeed in the world of work.

YE’s flagship programme, the “Company Programme”, runs through one academic year and challenges groups of students (usually between 5-12) in S5-S6 to set up and run their own business. The programme is based upon the principle of ‘learning by doing’, which allows students to learn about business in a hands-on way, rather than having to absorb large amounts of theory before starting.

Area Teams throughout Scotland support the ‘Company programme’, with Young Enterprise Grampian running one of the larger programmes with 35 companies and 370 students from 20 schools (across both Aberdeen City & Shire) currently taking part, resulting in a 65% school participation rate in the North East.

DYW Manager, Rachel Elliot, said “We are delighted to recognise Young Enterprise Scotland as a high-quality programme which develops young people’s business, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Young people participating in the programme will have the opportunity to see all functions of a business at work, giving them an accurate view of what running a business actually involves. Programmes like ‘The Company Programme’ have a crucial role in schools by developing important employability skills and also encouraging them to think in a business-like way.”

"Programmes like ‘The Company Programme’ have a crucial role in schools by developing important employability skills and also encouraging them to think in a business-like way.” Rachel Elliott · DYW North East Manager

Students who take part in the ‘Company Programme’ develop their communication, problem solving, presentation, leadership, decision making and creativity skills. Consistent feedback from students who have taken part shows the positive impact they experience by being involved in the programme (95% of participants felt that they had improved at least one key employability competency) which has helped to promote and grow the Company Programme – since 2014 the number of registered companies in the programme across the North East has grown from 28 to 36 in 2016.    

Neil Marchant, Young Enterprise Grampian’s Chair, said “The programme is unique in the way it helps to develop entrepreneurial skills in young adults.  It does this at the same time as providing hands on experience in a wide range of employability skills.  Research shows that pupils taking part in the programme more quickly become an asset to their future employers.”

“The programme is unique in the way it helps to develop entrepreneurial skills in young adults. It does this at the same time as providing hands on experience in a wide range of employability skills." Neil Marchant · Young Enterprise Grampian Chair

The programme also has a competitive edge, with 6 Grampian finalists given the opportunity to present their company to an invited audience of over 200 people. The programme culminates in the UK Final which features teams competing to be crowned UK Company of the Year and progress to the European Finals.

If you wish to attend the forthcoming Young Enterprise Grampian Finals then please register for your free ticket online.

For more information on Young Enterprise Scotland, please visit their website, Facebook and Twitter platforms.