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Young Enterprise gives evidence at BIS Select Committee session on productivity


Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, Helen Wooldridge, Co-Founder and Director, Cuddle Dry and Omar Farag, Director of Operations, The Box of T Ltd (PHOM)

This morning Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise gave evidence at the BIS (Business Innovation and Skills) Select Committee’s enquiry into the government’s Productivity Plan alongside Young Enterprise alumni, Omar Farag, Director of Operations, The Box of T Ltd (PHOM) and Helen Wooldridge, Co-Founder and Director Cuddle Dry as well as Policy Director of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Mike Cherry.

Speaking to the committee, Michael explained how learning soft skills is a long and steady process of development. There is no quick fix approach and this is why early intervention is crucial.  Young Enterprise is committed to working with children from primary school age across the UK to provide support from the beginning of the education process and to develop these key employability skills.

The Committee heard that Young Enterprise programmes help to nurture young people’s employability skills through a wide range of programmes. Young Enterprise helps companies to fill vacancies by skilling up potential recruits, and helps improve their productivity once they are part of the workforce.

In order to enhance young people’s productivity in education, schools need to have a planned and coherent approach to character development that transcends traditional academic subject boundaries.