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‘Be Enterprising, Be Successful’ given £1.5m from Lottery

The scheme is set to help 16,000 young people from a variety of English locations.

Be Enterprising, Be Successful, a project from enterprise education charity Young Enterprise, has been given over a million in Lottery cash, according to the Big Lottery Fund, which awarded the money.

The scheme is set to help 16,000 young people from a variety of English locations. These are Bristol, Newcastle, Liverpool, Hackney, Leeds, Northampton, Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Derby and Portsmouth.

Business volunteers and young people living in disadvantaged communities will work together in the scheme which has been given a Big Lottery Fund grant worth £1.5 million.

It will see young people participating in challenges including an Entrepreneurship Masterclass, a Summer Activity Challenge and The Young Enterprise Company Programme.
This last example with see youngsters start businesses that they will run over the course of a year supported by a business mentor.

Another planned activity is the Tenner Competition, which will see youngsters trying to make money and help their community over the course of a month, after being given just ten pounds as a starting fund.

Leaders for the project are set to keep track of how it has helped young people to progress while the scheme is underway and afterwards.

“We at Young Enterprise are grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for giving us the chance to launch this extraordinarily important project,” commented Michael Mercieca, chief executive of Young Enterprise.

“We believe it has the potential to transform the lives of millions. Too many young people leave school without the softer ‘employability’ skills such as teamwork, communication, persistence and resilience that employers are crying out for.”

This, he added, plays a big part in the fact that there is still a significant difference between headline and youth unemployment.

“The Be Enterprising, Be Successful project will provide a ground-breaking model for a long-term solution,” he promised.

Mr Mercieca said that through working with schools over three years of sustained activity and providing young people with practical business experience the project will improve participants’ attitudes and employability skills.

“In turn this will increase their chances of successfully entering the labour market or remaining in education and avoiding the terrible, lasting consequences of youth unemployment,” he said.

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