Young Enterprise Scotland have been helping students in Edinburgh improve their skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare them for the world of enterprise. YES have been working with State Street as part of a 3 year partnership to support the delivery of innovative enterprise and employability programmes to local schools in Edinburgh. In the second year of this partnership, 11 days of training were held working with P7, S2 and S4 students from a variety of backgrounds and areas. 35 volunteers from State Street also supported the sessions, taking time out of their working day to share their skills and experience with the young people of Edinburgh.This year our P7 sessions were delivered at the excellent Spartans Community Football Academy. Over 100 young students learned about inventors, global trade and marketing. They were also delighted by the opportunity given to play on the practice football pitches during their lunch period! The programmes for secondary school pupils were hosted in the State Street offices; S4 students from St Thomas of Aquins, Leith Academy, Gracemount High School and Castlebrae High School participated in a challenging day of interview practice and enterprise activities. Students started by interviewing volunteers from State Street and reviewing their own skills and qualities in relation to a job they wished to be interviewed for. They were then interviewed by the State Street volunteers. The afternoon was a frenetic enterprise activity requiring students to manufacture paper aeroplanes and sell them to our volunteers for the best price they could – with 10 minute trading activities the students learned the pressures involved in running your own business.Our final week at State Street invited students from Liberton High School, Craigroyston High School and Royal High School to participate in a Tower Challenge day. Requiring learners to set up their own business with a loan to buy resources, the students had to buy enough resources to make 5 towers of balloons with plastic cups, straws and sticky tape. We saw some very creative solutions, refined over the 4 trading days as learners discovered how to cut the cost of resources to increase their profits. State Street volunteers joined each group to support, guide and in some cases were drafted into manufacturing as a free resource! Staff turnover proved a challenge for some groups as they fired students who were not working hard enough for their £10 a day, and quickly learned that recruiting their friends was not necessarily the best route to success; YES saw some clear future leaders at work. Jackie McKay, Vice-President at State Street said, 'In today’s marketplace, strong enterprise and employability skills are essential. The programme that YES ran allowed the young people to build their skills and more importantly, increase their confidence in these areas in a way that was fun as well as practical.”Students were asked to rate their confidence levels in areas such as presenting, team work and communication. When comparing their self-assessment before and after the course, large increases were found across the board. Results showed that in some areas more than 50% of students thought their skills and knowledge had improved as a result of the YES programmes.The feedback showed that all groups noted an increase in confidence in the topics evaluated. Even in traditionally strong areas in mainstream education such as team work, communication skills and presentation skills the sessions YES ran made a difference to the confidence of the learner.Volunteer feedback was also very positive. Comments included,'The programmes definately let them think outside the box and realise inportance of work ethic.”'I saw a change in attitude of some pupils after the interview sessions. If we made the interview process less intimidating then i think we succeeded.”
Our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start
Our Mission is to inspire & equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise.
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