Welcome to Young Enterprise in Wales
Youth entrepreneurship in Wales has trebled in a decade, research shows
Each year our small but dedicated team of staff helps deliver inspiring enterprise education programmes to over 4,500 students throughout the Principality, supported by an equally dedicated pool of volunteers from the business community.
We run many programmes designed to enthuse the young people of Wales with the “can do” attitude that help them take control of their lives, giving them skills and experiences that make a real difference to their future. Young Enterprise is a charitable organisation set up to do just that.
Targeted at students from the age of seven, Young Enterprise in Wales provides a pathway of learning which is designed to inspire and support those students to become successful at work and the next generation of business leaders and innovators.
Young Enterprise’s Company Programme for 15 to 17 year olds provides a real life opportunity to experience running a business in a safe environment, with volunteer business mentors to support them to learn. The students form companies, create products, raise capital, trade over a school year and truly learn by doing.
Each student takes a role, managing director, finance director, production director etc. and all the responsibilities that go with it. At the end of the year they produce an annual report and present their company at a regional final to a panel of business judges. The most successful will progress to a Wales, UK, and potentially European final.
The quality of the students and their innovation will surprise even the most cynical of observers.
Young Enterprise depends upon the support given by businesses both in volunteer time and increasingly direct funding. In Wales, the programmes are underpinned by Welsh Government funding through Careers Wales, but these only stretch so far and are at risk in the current climate.
Young Enterprise does make a real difference and can help provide those entrepreneurs of the future that Wales needs.