The conference took place at the RBSConference Centre in Gogarburn and looked back on the huge impact YES has hadon thousands of young people across the country.
Chris van der Kuyl, chairman of 4JStudios and former chair of YES was the Keynote Speaker and talked about hisentrepreneurial journey as well as the importance of building the nextgeneration of business people by encouraging enterprise education in schools,colleges and universities.
Himself a YES alumni, Chris van derKuyl endorsed what YES does: ''The entrepreneurial journey is a challenge, butYoung Enterprise Scotland’s Company Programme gives you the tools you need tostart a business.”
YES also had a panel of award winningand ground breaking alumni including Craig Johnstone, a young entrepreneur,David Jardine, one of the first participants in Scotland and Dòl Eoin MacKinnon who was part of the firstScottish company to win the UK finals and go on to represent the UK in Europe.
Roisin Craig, Senior CourseCoordinator with Common Purpose, was also on the alumni panel and she sharedhow her Young Enterprise experience had felt real 'I went from Roisin schoolpupil to Roisin managinf director of a small business when I started the YoungENTerprise Scotland Company Programme. I had to get my head around it being areal small business.”
Margaret Kennedy, RBS Director, StuartRingland, Lusona director and Phil Probst from BT Scotland took part in the employer panel which showed how the workof YES is relevant to today’s job market.
Pupils and staff from Wardie PrimarySchool also attended to participate in the exciting Inventors Challenge on theday. The pupils were challenged to come up with a futuristic telephone ortelevision. They all presented their ideas to the assembled audience in themain auditorium after lunch and were the highlight of the day for many people.
Stuart Miller, chief executive at YES,said: 'This is afantastic celebration for YES and the work we have done helping Scotland’syoung people over the years.
'We have a lotof great guest speakers lined up for the event and I hope everyone will leavefeeling inspired for the next 40 years.
'The kindof experience gained by young people on our programmes is second to none and not only helps them to develop personally buttests their business ideas and prepares them for employment.
'The last40 years have been phenomenal and we have helped more young people than wecould have ever imagined. I would like to thank everyone who has supported usand believed in the work we have done and will continue to do for many years.’
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.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
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