Young Enterprise Scotland 2018/19 Impact Report

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Young Enterprise Scotland Inspiring and equipping young people to learn and succeed through enterprise education 2018/19

Why Young Enterprise Scotland? Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) inspires young people to learn and succeed through enterprise. In 2018/19, YES supported more than 17,000 young people across Scotland from all backgrounds to develop business knowledge and entrepreneurial & employability skills. The YES team is supported by more than 600 volunteers and the business community. They are united in the mission to inspire and equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise. YES creates opportunities to fulfill the potential of all young people in Scotland. YES's ambitious vision for Scotland is a country where all young people can build a rewarding future no matter where they start their journey.

As both a secondary school teacher and a volunteer with Young Enterprise Scotland I have seen firsthand the impact that their programmes have on young people. They contextualise the world of business and help develop the skills that will be needed in life and in work. Graeme Easton

17,139 Programme Participants 2018/19 Bridge2Business 7296 participants

High Street Challenge 985 participants

Company Programme 1587 participants

Tenner Challenge 897 participants

Festival of Youth Enterprise 250 participants

Pathways Programme 62 participants Climate Challenge Fund 2516 participants Circular Economy Challenge 2126 participants

Fiver Challenge 727 participants Inventor's Challenge 693 participants

We supported an additional 865 young people this year! What has YES delivered? YES delivered a range of programmes and projects to young people in Scotland throughout 2018/19 ranging from five years-old up to young adults aged 30.

Participants all developed entrepreneurial skills:






Financial Capability


Problem Solving


17,139 young people took part in our YES programmes this year.

Bridge 2 Business Inspiring, connecting and supporting college students into business. Through one-to-one sessions, meetups and masterclasses within colleges across Scotland, students have opportunities to engage with industry experts and entrepreneurs. B2B Programme Executives engage with Local Heroes to showcase their successes and progress while demonstrating the practical application of key enterprise skills to students. B2B is active in ten Colleges across the country.

1,587 young people took part in our ultimate business challenge in 2018/19. More students than ever have told us they've developed their ability to work as part of a team. 95% of programme participants said they developed at least one of the key enterprising skills as a "I have been able to see a future for direct result of the myself in the world of work through this programme giving me insights and programme.

experience with different problems that I may face later in life." Student

Festival of Youth Enterprise Our FoYE is now in its third year, this year saw us move towards the east coast to help deliver #EnterpriseForAll. A key feature of our FoYE is our Marketplace which is buzzing all day; bringing young people together with our key supporters to provide information for future careers and opportunities. This year saw our best line-up of speakers yet which included Celia Hodson and best-selling author and Alumni, Chris McQueer.

The Tenner Challenge is a free national challenge for students aged 11-18. Over the course of four weeks, students use ÂŁ10 pledges to get their student business ideas off the ground and make as much profit as they can. With students encouraged to consider social and environmental challenges, young people keep or donate their profits at the end of the programme. The challenge is now formally recognised by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as a way of generating evidence for a number of SQA units.

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“I really enjoyed the Tenner Challenge and going in after school. I think it was an amazing experience and was really fun to use our own creative imaginations. I liked how we got to be independent and think of our own ideas.�

"The class had a great day and were very enthusiastic about taking part! Thank you for creating a rich and relevant learning experience for the class!" Teacher

This challenge highlights the decline in Scotland's traditional high streets and gives an opportunity for young people to reconsider how people visit and shop from stores. During the day-long workshop, ideas range from nail bars and pet fashion stores to trampoline parks and gaming cafes. Students develop their idea from conception through to presentation, practicing essential business skills and understanding community needs. The High Street Challenge is the perfect stepping stone into our Company Programme.

High Street Challenge

Pathways Programme Our Pathways Programme is designed to engage with those most disadvantaged and furthest from accessing formal education and employment. With a focus on vocational areas such as hair and beauty and landscaping; the Pathway Programme works with carefully selected partners to create a positive destination for each participant. In the last academic year, each participant gained an employability certification and continued into further education or employment. By combining practical experiences with personal development, young people are able to live our ethos of 'learning by doing'.

Climate Challenge Fund The aim of our Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Project in partnership with Williamsburgh Housing Association (WHA) is to reduce the carbon emissions and increase carbon literacy across the Seedhill area of Paisley. Activities from the CCF Programme have included the creation of a new 300 square metre growing area within the area of Paisley Grammar School. Having this space available has enabled young people to develop new skills and a more environmentally focussed lifestyle.

Circular Economy Challenge What a cracking long-term project this is proving to be! Every single child is active in learning and equipping themselves with tools for the future world of work. Resilience, problem solving and St Vincents Primary teamwork all on display."

The first of its kind in the UK, our Circular Economy Challenge takes students on a six-week journey looking at the impact we have on our planet and how we can reduce waste by creating a circular enterprise. Young people develop key enterprising skills through the programme which culminates in a regional showcase. 100% of teachers saw an increase in the understanding of Circular Economy principles.

The Fiver is a free national challenge for Primary school pupils. Over four weeks, young people work individually or as a team to grow ÂŁ5. By generating business ideas, they need to make as much profit as possible. In the 2018/19 challenge, 100% of teachers rated it either 'good' or 'very good'; with 98.6% saying that they would participate again with their students. 96% thought that it provided a real-life learning context with 86% reporting an increased awareness in embedding enterprise education into lesson plans. "I have more of an idea of how to encourage children in enterprise, and also how enthusiastic and independent children can be when faced with a challenge."

The Inventors Challenge Our Inventors Challenge is designed to build upon the natural curiosities of our young people to reimagine pivotal Scottish inventions. This one-day programme for Primary students helps inspire a real learning-by-doing attitude where learners gain confidence through creating their business idea and developing their teamworking skills. Young people have the opportunity to design and build a prototype while learning more about Scotland's enterprising history. "The children and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was great to see them working collaboratively and producing some fantastic models." Teacher

YES Works

An award-winning social enterprise programme, YES Works deliver a premium quality landscaping service to local authorities, housing associations, businesses and private clients in the West of Scotland. While clients are delivered a high-quality product, young people's skills are developed through the social enterprise model. Clients engage with YES Works for a service that contributes back to their community. The young people employed in long-term, sustainable jobs by YES Works all come from disadvantaged backgrounds and now offer work experience to others from similar demographics.

I am hugely grateful to all our staff, volunteers, partners and supporters who have worked with us in the last year. Helping us, as Scotland’s leading enterprise education organisation, to help young people to have a rewarding future in life and work no matter where they start their journey. Geoff Leask CEO Young Enterprise Scotland

How can Young Enterprise Scotland help me? All young people should be given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start their journey. Through our #EnterpriseForAll strategy, we will continue to inspire and equip all young people to learn, develop and to reach their full potential through enterprise. In everything we do, we stick to our values of integrity, enthusiasm, creativity and collaboration.

We'd love to hear from you! Young Enterprise Scotland Rouken Glen Centre Thornliebank G46 7UG 0141 406 7722

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