Circular Economy Challenge

The Circular Economy Challenge is a national enterprise challenge, introducing students to the idea of a Circular Economy and the impact of our society on the planet.

Programme Overview

More than ever, young people are acutely aware of their impact on the planet and what they can do to help make a difference.

The programme is designed to introduce the young people to the benefits and principles of the Circular Economy through case studies and interaction with business ambassadors. Pupils will design a ’circular’ product or service where everything has value, and nothing is wasted. They will then be given the opportunity to present their ideas to a judging panel of experts.

The programme enables the pupils to develop their enterprising skills in a real-life context, giving them an understanding of the world of business, design and technology and have the opportunity to create a company, carry out market research, create a business plan and advertise their product or service with its own logo and tagline.

What’s in it for young people?

  • Develop an enterprising mindset and enterprising skills
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the concept, benefits and principles of the Circular Economy
  • Increase resilience and confidence Understand the different roles and responsibilities involved in running a business
  • Work collaboratively towards a common goal
  • Develop understanding of the link between the Circular Economy, Sustainable Development and the UN Global Goals

What’s in it for you and your school?

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  • Suitable for Primary 5 - 7
  • Helps children and young people to develop the Four Capacities in a real-life context.
  • Supports schools in embedding the Developing the Young Workforce strategy, Building the Curriculum 4 and How Good is Our School (4th Edition) and supports the realisation of the Career Education Standards 3-18.
  • Links learning to the future, including interdisciplinary learning opportunities within Literacy, Numeracy, Technologies and Health and Wellbeing.

Young Enterprise Support:

  • Teacher resource pack containing six weeks of flexible lesson plans
  • Teacher CPD sessions
  • Virtual or in-person visits from local circular economy businesses
  • Accessible digital resources
  • Phone/E-mail support from our programmes team
  • Students receive a certificate on completion.
  • Digital case studies from real circular economy businesses

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Our Mission is to inspire and equip young people, irrespective of their background, to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise education.

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