Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills and has been working closely with the FSB in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to prepare the next generation for work and life. As part of their partnership FSB have recognised the efforts of young people who have demonstrated exceptional enterprise and employability skills.
Young Enterprise’s Company Programme is aimed at 15+year olds, with participants setting up and running a real business for an academic year, guided by mentors from the local business community. Over 500 young people have been part of this Company Programme across Dorset, Hampshire and IOW. They have each taken on a director’s role within their own business, with companies ranging from student employment websites, clothing brands to new phone gadgets.
At the recent Company Programme final events in Dorset, and for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, FSB recognised young people for their outstanding contribution to their company, and demonstration of enterprise capabilities, by awarding them a cash prize. To win this cash award the young person went above and beyond their expectations and recognised their own enterprise talent.
Neil Eames, FSB Regional Development Manager said “We are hoping to encourage those providing education at every stage to ensure that enterprise and entrepreneurship are valued, and that young people are encouraged to consider self-employment or setting up their own business. Investing in young people and developing their employability skills and interest in entrepreneurship is important, and we hope that our award and support can help inspire some of our local students to continue their journeys into enterprise and entrepreneurship.”