Young Enterprise deliver and support the Student Company Programme - the ultimate enterprise experience wherein young people, aged 15-19, set up and run their own real company over the course of a year. Students in group sizes of 2 to 25 members (optimum 6 - 13 members), work in self-led groups and are supported by local experienced volunteers to develop their business.
Through this programme young people benefit from a practical hands-on experience which will give them a true understanding of how a business works. They will also gain an understanding of how wealth and employment are created. It is their business – they make all the decisions, and experience all the highs and lows of self-employment. The Company Programme also now has SCQF accreditation at Level 6 [the same level as a Higher] with up to 30 credit points available.
Participants develop experience of key business functions including marketing, financial management, sales, customer care and HR, and gain practical experience of a range of concepts including the market, supply and demand, raising finance, cost, price, profit and competition.
More importantly however they develop key employability skills including:-
- Creative thinking and problem solving,
- Communication and presentation,
- Teamwork and leadership,
- Negotiation and decision making,
- Setting goals and time management; and
- Managing risk and responding to change
The programme helps those who take part to increase in confidence and develop a can-do attitude – key skills that last beyond the end of the programme and into the world of work. There is also the option to undertake a University of Strathclyde Business School - Young Enterprise Exam. Previous exam papers can be found -> HERE.
The programme usually starts in September each year. If you are still at school - speak to your school in the first instance to find out more.
Try our 'Could you be an enterpreneur quiz?'
Check out our YouTube Channel HERE to see some of our events in action.
Linda Thomas - Area Team Chair
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