UK Steel Enterprise have shown that they are not only enterprising, but generous to boot!
Due to a significant grant of £7,500 for the Company Programme, UKSE will help us to reach more of Scotland's young people.
The Company Programme equips young people with the skills needed to start their own business, secure employment or enter further education.
Arranged in partnership withschools, the year-long initiative is designed for pupils aged 16 to 18, who are tasked with setting up and managing a business.
In addition to creating a product or offering a service, the young entrepreneurs must take on real-world roles, such as financial secretary and marketing manager, while developing business plans and making tax payments.
The products created by the students, which have previously included jewellery, children's books, homemade candles and clothing, are then sold through various channels, such as social media sites and at local trade fairs.
The companies must compete at a regional level before going on to the Scottish Finals - this year held at Hampden Park.
The programme gives participants practical experience in financial literacy, problem solving, presentation and communication skills, giving them a host of attributes intended to prepare them for later life.
The Company Programme is based upon the belief that learning is best achieved through the act of doing.
Pupils are not only faced with having to build something from scratch, they have to adapt to working in groups and deal with the same issues faced by any real, functioning business.
Our research shows that 95% of those who take part feel they have improved at least one employability skill, whether its self-esteem, problem solving or resilience.
I am hugely grateful to UKSE for its contribution, which will see us secure a presence in more than 200 schools this year, ensuring that thousands of young people from across Scotland receive the training and support needed to take part.
It is absolutely crucial that we invest in Scotland's young people, providing them with the skills needed to help them forge their own success.
The Company Programme not only understands this need; it puts in place a practical system which helps pupils gain valuable experience not readily available in the classroom.
Our Vision is for Scotland to have the most entrepreneurial and enterprising young people in the world.
Our Mission is to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
Young Enterprise Scotland
Rouken Glen Centre
Rouken Glen Park
0141 406 7722
0141 406 7722
0141 406 7722