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Scarborough’s Graham School joins the competition

Students from Scarborough’s Graham School are the latest to throw their hat into the ring as schools from across North Yorkshire draw up battle lines in readiness for another year of Apprentice-style competition.

Young Enterprise recently marked 50 years of helping to introduce students to the cut and thrust of the business world and the entrepreneurial skills youngsters need today are much the same as they were half a century ago.

Man management, marketing, finance and hard graft remain the bedrock of the charity’s Company Programme which matches real business mentors with students keen to learn what it’s like to run your own firm.

Ampleforth College, Queen Ethelburga’s, Tadcaster Grammar School, Sherburn High School, York’s Millthorpe School, St Peter’s, Fulford School, Joseph Rowntree School and Huntington School York, Ryedale School from Nawton, Harrogate Grammar, Harrogate High, St Aidan’s School, Skipton Girls High, Settle College, Ermysteds Grammar School, South Craven School from Crosshills, Ripon Grammar and the city’s Outwood Academy have already confirmed teams for this year’s challenge.

However, a team from Graham School will also represent the east coast thanks to support from Yorkshire Coast Homes; the firm will also help coach the school’s budding entrepreneurs as they develop a product, a management structure and a sales strategy.

In the new year, each of the schools will be invited to take part in a number of trade fairs across the region where their sales performance and presentation is assessed by other industry professionals.

The best will then be invited to take part in the North Yorkshire finals in May, where the honour of representing the region against the rest of the UK will be at stake.

“We’re thrilled to welcome GrahamSchool to this year’s Company Programme and grateful to Yorkshire Coast Homes for giving the the students the opportunity,” said North Yorkshire Young Enterprise manager, Jill Tinsley.

“Every year, we’re amazed by the inventiveness of young people who take part and there are always real stars – some of whom often start on the fringes of a team but grow in confidence as the process goes on.

“It’s massively rewarding for us to watch them develop as fledgling entrepreneurs – but, equally, our volunteer business mentors tell us every year how much they enjoy guiding enthusiastic young people through the process of setting up and running a company.”

The Company Programme in North Yorkshire is partly funded by participating schools and grants from the York Company of Merchant Adventurers and the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

Jill continued: “The more schools we have participating, the more we can build on the existing programme so, although the 50th anniversary set a new benchmark in terms of numbers, it’s great that 2014 looks set to be another record year.”