Young Enterprise Scotland has been inspiring and equipping young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise since 1992. Every year they support around 15,000 young people, from all backgrounds, develop their business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills & ultimately become more employable.
The dedicated & passionate team of staff are supported by over 600 volunteers from the business community to help them to realise their vision for Scotland to be a place where all young people should be given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start their journey.
Young Enterprise Scotland set high standards whilst being creative in approach. The delivery has widened and diversified across three key areas - School Programmes, Pathway Programmes and Bridge 2 Business. Whilst growing the offering they always ensure that all activities are fit to meet their Mission whilst adhering to a guiding principle to do this in "learning by doing" format.
As an organisation that aims to inspire young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise, it is not just important what they do in terms of their activities, but it is even more important how they undertake the activities. In everything that they do Young Enterprise Scotland will work with the following values:
Fiver Challenge P1-P7
The Fiver Challenge provides a highly interactive, fun way of introducing financial numeracy, resilience and teamwork in learning for primary school pupils. Pupils have 1 month to set up a mini-business and create a product or service they can then sell or deliver at a profit plus an opportunity to engage with their local community.
Inventor's Challenge P5-P7
Learners will be introduced to the original entrepreneurs as part of the Scottish Inventors Challenge.
In groups, learners will research a number of Scottish Inventors. Working collaboratively, they will reach consensus on a single entrepreneur on which to base their project. The project will include a competition element with a highly creative focus as well as presentations to their peers.
S1 - S6 Tenner Challenge
Tenner Challenge provides a highly interactive way for students to develop key skills including creativity, resilience, and problem solving, using real money to take calculated risks in business. Students (11-19years) are pledged £10 each and have one month to set up a business - coming up with an idea of a product or service they can sell and gain first-hand experience of what it's like to be an entrepreneur.
S1 - S4 High Street Challenge
Students spend a whole day analysing modern effects on the High Street and understand what the problems facing retailers are. They are tasked with establishing a store to improve employment opportunities for the area's appearance. They will develop product ideas, promotional strategy and create their 'elevator pitch'.
S3 - S4 Enterprise: Life and Work
Enterprise: Life & Work is designed to inspire and interest young people in entrepreneurship. Over 12 weeks, young people will be taken through the process of developing a business idea, assessing what needs to happen to make it work, and through the process of actually selling a product.
S5-S6 Company Programme
The Company Programme is the ultimate business and enterprise experience for S5/S6 pupils in schools across Scotland. The pupil's set-up and run their own company through the academic year with support from local business volunteers and Young Enterprise Scotland staff. They develop a wide range of skills and receive an invaluable entrepreneurial experience. At the end of the academic year, the young companies compete on a local, regional, national and European level to be crowned Company of the Year.