Young Enterprise has run in Hazlehead Academy for many years, and is currently offered as part of the Wider Achievement options for S6 in the Senior Phase. It is ideal for students with an interest in 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.
The programme is soon to be accredited at SCQF Level 6.
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 Grampian Finals. The winner of this then goes on to compete at the Scottish finals in June.
Initially, many of the team meetings will be teacher-led, but pupils will later be expected to chair and run their own meetings, take minutes and work in sub-groups. A lot of the work has to be carried out independently. It is expected that participants will be available for evening training sessions, run by Young Enterprise Grampian, and attend stalls at evenings and weekends.
In previous years, teams have produced gardening kits, hand-made gifts, eco-friendly bags and Pandora-style bracelets. Over the past five years, Hazlehead Academy has had teams makes it through to the Grampian Finals 4 time. In session 2018-19, “Pangea” won the award for “Best Report” as well as the inaugural Shell Sustainability Award.
For any further information about Young Enterprise, please see Ms Finnie.