An ‘apprentice-style’ entrepreneur challenge, aimed to encourage business start-ups in South Lanarkshire, has returned to the area thanks to UKSE.

The Inspiring Enterprise Challenge, which was launched in 2012 and is supported by Bright Yellow Thinking and South Lanarkshire Council, received £5,000 from UKSE.

The two-week long competition, which is loosely based on popular BBC show ‘The Apprentice’ saw school pupils compete in challenges set by local businesses, scoring points for creativity, teamwork and decision making. This year’s main challenge was to create a new viable business idea – either a product or service.

Pupils experienced the ins-and-outs of business and exercised valuable skills such as problem-solving and leadership. Through working with experienced business people and successful organisations, students gained knowledge of how businesses work and develop the essential skills that are required in the workplace.

The funds provided by UKSE helped provide transport, staffing costs and materials throughout the programme.

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE, said: “The Inspiring Enterprise Challenge is an fantastic programme which continues to help the young people of South Lanarkshire in their future endeavours.

“UKSE is proud to support the programme and wish the participants every success in the future.”

Helen Salt, director at Bright Yellow Thinking, said: “We are extremely proud of all pupils who have been involved since 2012 and see the opportunity as a great way to build the confidence of participants and to support business growth in South Lanarkshire.

“We would like to extend a huge thank you to UKSE for making this possible time and time again.”

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