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  • Background
    Young Enterprise Scotland is a registered charity that has been working to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise in Scotland for over 40 years. Our history is proudly linked with Junior Achievement Worldwide and we achieved independent Scottish Charity status in 1991.
    In our early years as an independent charity we worked with around 4000 students  which has grown steadily over the years to over 10,000 annually.  We now run a variety of inspiring enterprise  and entrepreneurship programmes for young people aged 5 to 30 across primary, secondary and tertiary educations as well as in prisons, secure and residential units and with community groups. Our team of passionate staff and hugely committed volunteers work hard to support the young people Young Enterprise Scotland engages with to reach their full potential.

    Key Facts
    Young Enterprise Scotland offers a wide variety of enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes and development opportunities for young people across all of Scotland.
    We work in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as prisons, residential and secure units and with community groups. Young Enterprise Scotland has a fantastic team of trained staff who can deliver programmes and/or run ‘Train the Teacher/Trainer’ sessions. We are very proud of our unique selling point (USP) which is our team of wonderful and enthusiastic volunteers from the world of business who offer young people a unique insight to business and willingly share their enterprise experience.
    Our Programmes can be adapted to suit different ages, groups and abilities. SQA accreditation is also available for a number of the Programmes that we deliver.
    Young Enterprise Scotland celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014.

  • Case Study:

    Claire Smith
    Innovation Specialist - Scottish Enterprise
    #YESAlumni 
    'If it hadn't been for the experiences and opportunities with Young Enterprise Scotland, my career would have been very different.'

    Claire's Young Enterprise Scotland Experience:
    Claire completed the Company Programme in both her fifth and sixth year at Monifieth High School. With her schoolmates the company Caledonian Creations was formed. The company sold hampers full of traditional Scottish foods such as shortbread and tablet.
    'We sold 500 hampers across trade fayres and parent evenings, we were very proud, but wanted more!'
    In her sixth year, Claire and her schoolmates carried on making hampers with their company but wanted to push themselves further.
    'We sourced better packaging and filled the hampers with more goods. We sold 1100 hampers and won the Tayside Finals. My Business Adviser also put me forward for a Young Scot Award for Enterprise which I won!'

    Life after Young Enterprise Scotland:

    Claire was set for going to university but realised it was not the path she wanted to take. 'I decided to take my school project further and created my own business, Caledonian Gifts. If I hadn't done Young Enterprise, running my own business would never have been an option.' 

    Claire also worked with the Prince's Trust and was put forward for an international Leadership Programme with Sir Tom Hunter. 'Young Enterprise definitely set me on the route to this opportunity.'

    In 2010, Claire was offered a marketing and project management role with the Scottish jam company, Mackays. 'The Managing Director was aware of me because we sourced Mackays jam for our hampers at school and had worked together.'
    Currently, Claire is an Innovation Specialist at Scottish Enterprise. She works with early stage growth businesses and start-ups that are developing products to bring to the market.
       
    How Claire supports Young Enterprise Scotland:
    Claire was a judge for the Young Enterprise Scotland Awards in 2016. 'I enjoyed the experience and would definitely do it again!'
    Claire also supported Young Enterprise Scotland by being a Business Adviser at Grove Academy and serving on the Tayside Area Board, both positions offered due to her involvement in the Company Programme.
    Currently, Claire is hoping to support the Young Enterprise Scotland programme, Bridge 2 Business, and help support clients with their innovative start-up businesses

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  • Case Study:

    Claire Smith
    Innovation Specialist - Scottish Enterprise
    #YESAlumni 
    'If it hadn't been for the experiences and opportunities with Young Enterprise Scotland, my career would have been very different.'

    Claire's Young Enterprise Scotland Experience:
    Claire completed the Company Programme in both her fifth and sixth year at Monifieth High School. With her schoolmates the company Caledonian Creations was formed. The company sold hampers full of traditional Scottish foods such as shortbread and tablet.
    'We sold 500 hampers across trade fayres and parent evenings, we were very proud, but wanted more!'
    In her sixth year, Claire and her schoolmates carried on making hampers with their company but wanted to push themselves further.
    'We sourced better packaging and filled the hampers with more goods. We sold 1100 hampers and won the Tayside Finals. My Business Adviser also put me forward for a Young Scot Award for Enterprise which I won!'

    Life after Young Enterprise Scotland:

    Claire was set for going to university but realised it was not the path she wanted to take. 'I decided to take my school project further and created my own business, Caledonian Gifts. If I hadn't done Young Enterprise, running my own business would never have been an option.' 

    Claire also worked with the Prince's Trust and was put forward for an international Leadership Programme with Sir Tom Hunter. 'Young Enterprise definitely set me on the route to this opportunity.'

    In 2010, Claire was offered a marketing and project management role with the Scottish jam company, Mackays. 'The Managing Director was aware of me because we sourced Mackays jam for our hampers at school and had worked together.'
    Currently, Claire is an Innovation Specialist at Scottish Enterprise. She works with early stage growth businesses and start-ups that are developing products to bring to the market.
       
    How Claire supports Young Enterprise Scotland:
    Claire was a judge for the Young Enterprise Scotland Awards in 2016. 'I enjoyed the experience and would definitely do it again!'
    Claire also supported Young Enterprise Scotland by being a Business Adviser at Grove Academy and serving on the Tayside Area Board, both positions offered due to her involvement in the Company Programme.
    Currently, Claire is hoping to support the Young Enterprise Scotland programme, Bridge 2 Business, and help support clients with their innovative start-up businesses