At YE Scotland we love to encourage partnership working when we know it can be of benefit to our young people.
One of the more recent opportunities we opened up to our programme participants was the Telos Partners' Sustainable Success Competition 2018 whereby our young entrepreneurs were tasked with writing a reflective article on their experience with setting up and running their own company.
They were encouraged to discuss what business leaders needed to focus on to encourage success and sustainability and also what the difference 'people' within a company have.
With three prizes on offer, we knew this would be a brilliant opportunity to direct towards our young people.
Through hard work and dedication, this paid off for one of our young people from Renfrewshire.
Leah Canning was lucky enough to come third out of all participants across the UK, winning both a cash prize and an invite to a young entrepreneurs networking event.
Writing on social media she listed her many successes within the Company Programme,from winning the 'Banter Award' at Renfrewshire's trade fayre at Soar, Intu Braehead, jointly winning the 'Best Interview' as part of a team at their regional final and getting a Pass with Distinction in the University of Strathclyde exam.
The thing that encouraged me to participate in the Telos Partners competition was that I was able to share my experience of being part of the company programme and how it can learn young people how to be business leaders and run successful and sustainable companies. Getting 3rd place out of the UK is a huge achievement for me as I didn't even think that I would get anywhere! It really does show that if you have your mind set to something, you really can achieve it.
The Company Programme attracts a wide variety of young people every year, from different learning backgrounds across Scotland. Some of our young people are timetabled into taking part while for many others, it's is strictly an extra-curricular activity.
I took part in the company programme as an extra curricular activity so there was a lot of work done after classes in school, at home and during the weekends (especially attending the trade fairs). However, this taught me time management and organisation skills as I had to manage time between young enterprise and my studies as well as organising everyone for the trade fairs and organising what was important in terms of my studies.
I think I did quite well through the company programme due to being in a role that suited my skills and qualities. I had previous leadership experience prior to becoming the Managing Director so I was able to transfer these skills into my role. I also think being myself was a major factor in the reason why I done so well as I wasn't afraid to say to the team what I thought as well as being down to earth so it made it easier to get on with everyone (even though I did need to take disciplinary action!).
Due to having previous public speaking skills and interview skills before taking part it made it so much easier for these parts of the competition for myself and my team as I was able to train them in these areas.
Leah's success is vital for us to encourage young people to continue their learning, whether or not they are their regions winners. By persevering with the programme and keeping an element of engagement, Leah has gained so much more in her knowledge and will continue to develop her understanding of the business world through her trip to London in early 2019 for the Telos Young Entrepreneurs Networking Event.
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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