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We believe that the potential of the UK's young people is unlimited

Who we are:

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.

We make business relevant to the daily lives of young people. Our programmes spark their energy and enthusiasm, helping them to discover their individual talents and achieve what they thought was impossible. We offer practical programmes, from one day masterclasses to year-long projects to help young people develop skills they cannot learn from a textbook.

We make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 8 key skills:

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Financial Capability
  • Initiative
  • Organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience

Last year we delivered 338,340 learner experiences with young people aged 4-25. Integral to what we do are our 6,000 business volunteers who share their experiences in the classroom and make up our local volunteer boards.

What we offer:

We offer something for every year of education from our Primary Programmes to our secondary programmes (including our year-long Company Programme) to the university-level Start-up. We are the UK’s leading figure in personal and business skills and we work with 3,482 educational centres across primary and secondary, delivering over 4 million learning hours each year.

What’s our history?

Since 1962, we’ve been creating and developing programmes that complement the school experience and encourage young people to realise the extent of their own talents. Find out about our history.

What we’ve achieved:

Since we were established, 3.8 million young people have taken part in Young Enterprise programmes in the UK. One million of these have run businesses for a year on our Company Programme. We take evaluation very seriously and that’s why we measure the impact of everything we do.

What motivates us:

Around 950,000 young people in the UK are Not in Education, Employment and Training (NEET). That’s one in seven people aged 16-24 who are at a greater risk of social exclusion, reduced well-being, income inequality and reduced prospects.

We want to change that.

Through our hands on employability and financial education programmes, resources and teacher training we want to eradicate youth unemployment and help young people to realise their potential. Find out about our plans for the future in our 2015/19 Unlocking Potential Strategy.



Learn more about our programmes