Young people across Lanarkshire have learnt valuable business and entrepreneurial skills thanks to UKSE.

Young Enterprise Scotland equips young people across the country with the skills needed to start their own business, secure employment or enter further education. To help support the group in Lanarkshire, UKSE granted the organisation £2,500 for its ‘Company Programme’ initiative.

Targeting 16-18-year olds, the Company Programme focuses on entrepreneurial skills, teamwork and problem solving. Six schools from Lanarkshire benefitted from the programme, with 73 pupils taking part.

The programme, which was rolled out over a year, required participants to create their own company and design a product or service, considering profits and losses, marketing materials and branding. Previous entries include jewellery businesses and clothing companies. Each YES group was matched with a volunteer business advisor, who provided support and guidance throughout the process.

At the end of the programme, teams attended a regional competition to showcase their efforts in the hope of being named ‘Company of the Year”.

Caldervale High School took the crown with their business, TARTISAN, which saw the youngsters creating framed pictures, hand crafted from tartan fabric off-cuts that were sourced from Macgregor and Macduff kiltmakers in Glasgow.

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE said: “It’s important that we continue to invest in our young people, providing them with helpful and practical advice and skills for life beyond school.

“The Young Enterprise initiative is a fantastic way to encourage business brains and an entrepreneurial spirit across Lanarkshire and UKSE is proud to support it.”

Helen Salt, co-director at Bright Yellow Thinking and on the Lanarkshire local area team at YES, said: “Pupils across Lanarkshire have had a real taste of the business world thanks to the YES company programme, and should have the confidence to take on whichever career path they take in future.

“Without the help from UKSE, we wouldn’t be able to carry out our initiative and give local pupils the training and learning in fundamental business.”

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