For the first time, young people in Scotland with additional support needs can achieve a qualification for enterprise skills that will help them transition into the world of work.
The Young Enterprise Scotland Team Programme, which is based on its successful Company Programme, is now credit rated at SCQF Level 3 in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College and the charity, which has championed qualifications for learning by doing, aims to enlist more than 100 onto the course in the new academic year.
The Team Programme is a year-long enterprise journey for students over the age of 15 who have mild to moderate learning difficulties. Designed to aid young people's transition from education into independent living and employment, the programme develops confidence and life skills through working as a team to set up and run an enterprise.
The teaching support materials have been designed to be flexible to meet a range of abilities and needs and YES provide a suitable volunteer business advisor
The Team Programme has been piloted at New College Lanarkshire and at Orkney College, receiving the overwhelming support from teachers. At New College Lanarkshire, nine students with additional support needs from its Ready for Retail programme set up the Wee Shop on campus, selling a range of drinks, snacks, stationery, reusable coffee cups, USB memory sticks and mobile phone accessories.
In Scotland, the latest statistics indicate that only 7% of people with learningdisabilities are in employment compared to over 74% for the general population
We are particularly proud of our Team Programme and delighted that it has now been credit rated so that our ASN students are fully recognised for their skills. There is no equivalent qualification for 'learning by doing' for those with additional support needs, making this afirst for Scottish schools and colleges.
The number of young people with learning difficulties who struggle to find jobs is a tragedy and we hope that this will help many onto a path into work.
Seeing these students serving customers and having the responsibility of running a walk-in shop is just fantastic.
They have really blossomed into confident individuals and it has been a great opportunity for them to develop their employability and entrepreneurial skills in preparation for thefuture.
We have embedded the Young Enterprise Team Programme into our Future Tracks course to support our mission for all students to realise their potential and it has really helped to grow the students' confidence, resilience and teamwork skills.
"The hard-copy Delivery and Resource Guide folder provided along with the online materials make the delivery of this programme extremely intuitive and flexible. The printed and online materials have certainly been created with the students in mind, providing the right level of challenge and professional look for them.
I will certainly be following the Team Programme in the next academic year and look forward to seeing what the next group of students get out of their next adventure
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 their journey.
Our Mission is to inspire and equip young people, irrespective of their background, to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise education.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
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