Alliance creates ‘ladder of enterprise’ for entrepreneurial young people

Two of Scotland's leading enterprise agencies have joined forces to launch a game-changing 'Ladder of Enterprise'.

Education charity, Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) and Elevator, Scotland's leading business support organisation, have formed an alliance to create an uninterrupted pathway for entrepreneurial young people, stretching from primary school right through to college and when they first step out of the education system.

Complementary YES and Elevator programmes mark different rungs of the 'ladder'. Each age appropriate, they build entrepreneurial skills, such as teamwork and good communication, teach financial capabilities, offer immersive challenges for students to gain experience of running companies and finally practical guidance for setting up businesses.

Most importantly, if offers students of YES's celebrated Company Programme and Bridge 2 Business initiatives another step in their enterprise journey by linking in with Elevator's business advice and enterprise hubs.

With links that go back over 15 years, the alliance between YES and Elevator represents a sustainable, rapid-recovery initiative to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. It expands the options for young people as they enter working life.

Starting in Lanarkshire, with support from local schools and colleges, the aim is to embed the Ladder of Enterprise model into all regions of Scotland, strengthening the Scottish economy through much increased entrepreneurial activity and more business start-ups.

Front row left to right, Geoff Leask (Young Enterprise Scotland), Ann Baxter (New College Lanarkshire) and Gary McEwan (Elevator) launch the Ladder of Enterprise with young chefs from New College.Front row left to right, Geoff Leask (Young Enterprise Scotland), Ann Baxter (New College Lanarkshire) and Gary McEwan (Elevator) launch the Ladder of Enterprise with young chefs from New College.Photo by Malcolm Cochrane

Young Enterprise Scotland has a strong pedigree for enterprise learning in schools and colleges. However, as young people leave education, we've not been able to know with confidence that those ready to take the next tentative and exciting steps into business will have the correct support structures for the next phase of their journey. That now changes with the alliance with Elevator.

This new alliance will ensure that there is a 'plug in' point for the students inspired by our enterprise programmes. By creating a 'ladder of enterprise' more young people will have the support to go on and start up their own businesses. It is a game-changer for us

Geoff Leask, YES Chief Executive

Collaborating now has never been more important: the economic damage caused by COVID-19 is eye-watering.

Elevator and YES have a shared vision to encourage and support the entrepreneurial leaders of the future. Both our organisations operate nationally, we're both driven by a commitment to the greater good and together we can offer a continuous development path for all young entrepreneurs, as well as a collective voice to champion young people in enterprise.

Professor Gary McEwan, CEO of Elevator

Young Enterprise Scotland

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.


Contact Us

Young Enterprise Scotland

Rouken Glen Centre
Rouken Glen Park
G46 7UG
United Kingdom

+44 (0)141 406 7722

Where to Find Us

Your Support

Make a donation today and help support Enterprise for All.