Pupils are saying ’YES!’ to Company Programme

MSP Bruce Crawford meets Stirling High School PupilsMarc Carruthers Photography

Schools across Scotland are signing up to our flagship Company Programme as official registration opens for the 2019/20 SCQF accredited qualification.

For the first time since the Company Programme was first rolled out across Scotland in 1973, all students enrolled will have the opportunity to gain a qualification at SCQF level equivalent to Higher.

SCQF credit rating is the formal process undertaken for qualifications and learning programmes to be included on the SCQF - Scotland's lifelong learning framework.

Following a jointly-funded collaboration between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQFP), Glasgow Kelvin College and ourselves, the programme now sits at SCQF Level 6 with between 26 - 30 Credit Points. Participating students' hard work and entrepreneurial drive will now be officially recognised and even more highly regarded by future education providers and employers.

Pupils from Stirling High School were joined by MSP Bruce Crawford and our Chief Executive Geoff Leask on Thursday 29th August to launch the opening of the registration process.

Marc Carruthers Photography

Gaining an official credit rating at Level 6 is a major step forward for the Company Programme and will be a huge benefit to the pupils and teachers involved. We aim to reach young people from all backgrounds and this accreditation will open opportunities to those who perhaps aren't likely to gain traditional, academic qualifications.

The strong collaboration between the SCQFP, the Scottish Government, Glasgow Kelvin College and ourselves has enabled this to happen and we look forward to helping progress young people's life chances through this qualification in the months and years ahead.

Now that the registration process is open, we look forward to welcoming some new schools on board and seeing the creative ideas this year's young entrepreneurs come up with!

Geoff Leask, CEO YE Scotland

The work that YES has done to see through the accreditation of its Company Programme has been invaluable for the students involved. With this development, we hope to see more schools and pupils than ever signing up as the programme continues to grow and develop.

Bruce Crawford, MSP for Stirling

Malcolm Cochrane Photography

Over 2000 students from across the country took part in 2018/19, with many opting to sign up for a second year.

We see first-hand the huge benefits our young people receive from taking part in the Company Programme in terms of personal development as well as building on their skills and experience in a real-life business environment.

Many of this year's team have previously taken part in the Young Enterprise Fiver and Tenner challenges. To see these young people,develop into passionate entrepreneurs is hugely rewarding as a teacher, and the opportunities the Company Programme presents will only grow with the new accreditation in place

Alan Hamilton, Deputy Head Teacher of Stirling High School

To register, CLICK HERE.

For more information on the accreditation, email Fraser.Morrison@yes.org.uk

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