Enterprising programme gets a YES from SQA

Business-savvy school pupils can now achieve qualifications based on their work in an interactive £10 start-up programme.

The Tenner Challenge, run by our partner Young Enterprise Scotland (YES), has been formally recognised by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as a way of generating evidence for a number of SQA units.

This recognition means that entrepreneurial students taking part in the challenge can use evidence of their participation and experience to meet the criteria of SQA’s Personal Development units in Self and Work; and Enterprise Activity.

So what’s the Tenner Challenge and how can you take part?

In the Tenner Challenge, young people are pledged £10 and use this to get their enterprise started. Participants create their own business with an idea for a product or service and have the exciting opportunity to gain first-hand experience of being an entrepreneur!

Participants are supported throughout the 4 week challenge with a range of online resources and weekly competitions to help track the progress of their businesses’ development. At the end of the students can look back at how far they’ve made their tenner grow!

And now, for the first time, 2019 participants will be able to use their work on the challenge as evidence towards for a number of SQA qualifications.

“The Tenner Challenge helps young people develop self-reliance, self-esteem and confidence through supported and independent learning, and provides young people who wouldn’t normally have access to these types of activities with a route to qualifications.

“It’s a fantastic addition to the SQA stable of personal development awards and we’re very proud that efforts of the young people taking part will now be formally recognised.”

Geoff Leask, Young Enterprise Scotland chief executive

“To turn a profit from just £10 requires a lot of skills; particularly creative thinking, resilience and problem solving. The Tenner Challenge fosters all of these attributes in young people which in turn allows them to generate evidence that can be used by their school to help them achieve our Personal Development units in Self and Work; and Enterprise Activity.

“The Tenner Challenge allows young people to gain skills and confidence that they can take forward into the next stages of their learning journey.”

Kelly Milford, Regional Manager at SQA

There’s still time to take part with the almost 21,000 young people registered to take part in the Tenner Challenge this year already! Registration closes on the 1st of March, make sure you sign up today.

The programme is a static four-week course and this year runs from March 4th until March 29th. We’ll be watching out for the entrepreneurial business ideas that participants across Scotland come up with over the coming months!

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