One thing we are undeniably good at is providing opportunity to young people, whether that's a group of Primary 6's learning about the Circular Economy, or a class of S3's interested in Scotland's High Streets.
Through our programmes we can combine learning, entrepreneurship and employability with engaging theories and activities on which to base these on.
The Start Up Programme is - without a doubt -the ultimate employability and entrepreneurship experience for young people in Higher and Further Education across Scotland.
This isn't just any project students can run,this provides a real-life learning opportunities while introducing young people to the realities of the world of work.
Young people aged 30 and under will have the ultimate opportunity to develop their employability skills while preparing themselves for the world of work by running their own - fully incorporated - student company for 12 months.
The great thing about Start Up is that it fully complements a variety of courses, from Graphic Design, to Business Management and Sports. The programme has been specifically designed for HE and FE to enhance the educational experience and deepen learning.
Each young person will have a different journey through the start up programme depending on their agreement with their educational centre - some Universities and Colleges run Start Up alongside existing modules within their curriculum while others don't.
And the fun don't stop.
At the end of the programme, each company can choose to enter our annual YE Start-Up Company of the Year competition where we celebrate the achievements of all of our teams across the country. Not only are the business achievements celebrated, but the young people are encouraged to celebrate their own personal development through the course with industry-sponsored awards up for grabs.
Being part of the Young Enterprise Start-Up Programme has opened doors for us and introduced us to industry professionals. By launching our own company while still pursuing our studies, we were able to mix theory with practice and hence, as a team gained practical experience.
Through the Start-Up Programme, students not only better understand the skills that employers are looking for, but they have a unique opportunity to develop, apply and model these in a business environment. As a result, students can convey compelling and powerful experiences to future employers, evidencing their transferable skills.
As a College we teach employability skills, however the best way for learners to develop employability skills is to put them into practice. The College have seen the Start-Up students learn and develop new skills, develop confidence, develop customer and business awareness and also become more aware of their own skills,to reflect upon how they could develop in the future.
Due to the flexibility offered with regards to timescale and even the opportunities themselves, Start-Up is ideal for moulding around the existing curriculum.
What other opportunities can connect students with progression routes while empowering them on their way to employment; all the while building their key skills and personal development?
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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