Young Enterprise has run in Hazlehead Academy for a number of years, and is now offered as part of the Wider Achievement options in the Senior Phase. It is ideal for students with a passion for business/entrepreneurship, and is an excellent preparation for someone who plans to study Business at university, or run their own company.
The Young Enterprise Company Programme is a very successful scheme, which is undertaken in many schools. It provides students with the opportunity to run their own company, and adopt a role of responsibility within this eg Managing Director, Finance Director, Marketing Director. As with any other company, pupils aim to make a profit, but equally important, if not more so, are the skills they develop along the way. Previous participants have also found that they learn a lot about themselves. Participants also have the opportunity to work with a Business Adviser from a local company, such as Amec Foster Wheeler.
Throughout the session, pupils will attend a number of training events and are provided with sales opportunities. There is also an exam, which is accredited by the University of Strathclyde Business School. Each company writes a report of the experience, and the best six are invited to the Finals, a prestigious dinner event, with entrepreneurial guest speakers.
Initially, many of the team meetings will be teacher-led, but you will later be expected to chair your own meetings, take minutes and work in sub-groups. A lot of the work has to be carried out independently. You will be expected to be available for evening training sessions, run by Young Enterprise and attend weekend stalls.
In previous years, teams have produced gardening kits, hand-made gifts, eco-friendly bags and Pandora-style bracelets. In session 2014-15, one of the teams, “Chalk-It” was one of the Grampian Area Finalists. The team won the award for “Best Report” and came second overall.
For any further information about Young Enterprise, please see Ms Finnie.