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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 enterprise and financial education charity. We give young people – from all backgrounds – the opportunity to realise their full potential through a range of practical enterprise programmes, from one day masterclasses to year-long projects. We empower young people to learn, to work and to live.

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 5 key skills:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Resilience

Each year we work with over 250,000 young people aged 4-25, supported by a network of 5,000 volunteers and 3,500 businesses.

What we offer:

Our programmes range from our Primary Programme and Company Programme to the university-level Start-up initiative with many variations in between. In fact we offer something for every year of education from the age of 4 to 25. We are the UK’s leading figure in enterprise and financial education 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. Merchant banker Sir Walter Salomon founded Young Enterprise in the 1962/1963 academic year, based on the American Junior Achievement programme. He admired the US charity’s ability to foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. We are mainly funded by private company supporters.

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.

What motivates us:

Young Enterprise argues that an excessively narrow focus on academic skills and exams risks sidelining other approaches to learning and can fail to give young people the employability skills they need –  such as teamwork, practical thinking, punctuality and businesslike behaviour – to succeed in the world of work.

What’s the evidence that Young Enterprise works?

Latest independent research from Kingston University Business School in 2012 found that alumni of our Company and Start-up programmes were almost twice as likely to set up businesses later in life. Read more about this. A survey by Fresh Minds in 2008 found that, at age 30, our alumni earned a third more than their peers. More about this here.


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