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We inspire young people to succeed through enterprise

Learning by doing in every year of education from 4 to 25+

Who we are:

Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom’s largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year we help 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of a network of 5,000 volunteers from 3,500 companies.

What we believe in:

Young Enterprise’s mission statement is “to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.” Its guiding principle is to do this through “learning by doing”

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 education delivering over 4 million learning hours each year.

What’s our history?

Merchant banker Sir Walter Salomon founded Young Enterprise in the 1962/1963 academic year. It was 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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