We kicked off our #FoYE19 at RBS Gogarburn Conference Centre on Thursday 23rd May.
For the third year, our ambition was to bring young people together with industry specialists for a day of workshops, inspiring speakers and most of all - fun!
We made the decision to head east and were very grateful to our sponsor RBS who hosted us at their conference centre - this proved to be a brilliant space for our event as it allowed easy movement and the chance to get out into the sun at lunchtime.
Our Programme Manager, Mark Armstrong was geared up for the day and looking forward to getting underway:
It's set to be a thoroughly engaging and interactive day full of interesting speeches and interesting people.
This year we had Graeme Easton hosting our event and he made a fabulous impact with his striped jumper on our #SofaOfDreams. He kicked off by introducing a rogue theme to our enterprise-filled day, music. Showing off progression of how we listen to music was an intriguing highlight for the young people as he chatted about vinyl records, cassette players and walkmans.
Our first speaker of the day was Steven 'Big Gal' Galloni one of the top dogs at Skapade Studios in West Dunbartonshire.
Steven chatted about his own background and how he got into the music industry, sharing some of his own experiences and advice:
Don't compare yourself to others & make as many mistakes as possible. As long as nobody dies or gets hurt, you'll be fine
Next up, Graeme welcomed fashion blogger, Molly McFarlane to the stage. The incredibly stylish Molly shared her own journey of leaving school without much of an idea what to do, working full-time in HR to then moving to Manchester and working for huge companies such as Pretty Little Thing, Bershka and Topshop.
Molly chatted about how she grew her online audience and her advice for any others looking to follow in what she has done:
Take big steps and have confidence in yourself!
We had a great response from the young people about Molly as they were eager to get selfies and have a quick chat with her.
We had worked hard beforehand to curate exciting workshops not only for the young people but for teachers too through our CPD offerings.
We had Richard from Elevator delivering a workshop on entrepreneurial thinking, Natalie and Lynn from After Digital delivering a viral marketing session and downstairs in the auditorium the YES team ran a social enterprise pitching workshop.
After 45 minute of hard work and lots of enterprising ideas, we broke for lunch where the young people had the opportunity to engage with our sponsors within the Market Place.
Our afternoon session was all about celebrating the young entrepreneurs still in school, so first up we had Robbie MacIssac. You may recall we shared his story about his bagpipe patent on our website earlier this year, Robbie was a great speaker to have involved as he really demonstrated an entrepreneurial flair for identifying a problem and working to create a working solution. Through his Flux Blowpipe invention, he now has a patent pending and received a scholarship to Strathallan School.
Next up we had some of our young people who took part in our Circular Economy Challenge.
A group of young people from St Vincents Primary School and one from Whitdale Primary School came along to share their experiences and thoughts on the programme which was piloted last year.
The young people told how they came up with their idea for a circular product, with the challenge focusing on eliminating waste in our often-linear economy and asking the students to create a use for items to avoid them being binned.
Having such a young group of entrepreneurs in front of them was eye opening for may of the young people as it gave an element of understanding that 'enterprise' can be more than simply buying and selling -it comes down to mindset too.
For the afternoon session the young people swapped groups to allow them to take part in two of the three workshops on offer before reconvening at the end of the day for the chance to win some fabulous raffle prizes.
We had managed to pull together a whole host of exciting prizes including treats from Tunnocks, Odeon cinema vouchers, Amazon vouchers and our speaker Molly created her own fab goody bag for her #YESelfie19 competition she ran on the day.
Our first festival of Youth Enterprise event at the Royal Bank of Scotland was a wonderful success - bringing together young people, educators and support organisations in one space creates such a potent cocktail of energy, innovation and enthusiasm. I can only look forward to the next one!
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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