Key Facts

Participation in a Young Enterprise programme can foster positive attitudes toward self-employment. Participants displayed greater enterprise potential than non-participants. The impact of enterprise education on attitudes to enterprise in young people: an evaluation study.’ Athayde, R 2-12.

Top Tips for Delivery

Enterprise activities can be useful in locations where work experience placements are difficult to find. They may also be useful to support students with behaviour issues who may not be suitable for external placements. (Northamptonshire LEP).

Case Study

Doing Young Enterprise gave me a real sense of what the business world was. It made me want to get out there, start working and earning money as opposed to just learning about it.
The experience of helping to set up and run a business has really given me a new found confidence. I feel more determined to go far in life and know now that I’m good at working in a team. I am much more ambitious and will try not to let anything hold me back.
The Young Enterprise Company Programme has been running since 1963 with over one million 15-19 year olds taking part. Delivered across an academic year, young people make all the decisions about their business, from allocating individual company roles, preparing their business plan, designing and marketing their product or service, selling directly to the public and ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. Volunteer Business Advisers offer support, business knowledge and expertise to the team.

For more information see: Young Enterprise

Link to Research
Oosterbeek, H., van Praag, M., Ijsselstein, A. (2010) The impact of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurship skills and motivation (pdf) 

Funded providers

Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016 grant recipients
Mentoring Fund grant recipients