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Students in disadvantaged areas to receive mentoring from Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise has secured investment from the government-backed The Careers & Enterprise Company’s fund which works with students who are about to start their GCSEs, but are at risk of disengaging and dropping out of school.

The 9 LEP (Local Enterprise Partnerships) areas where Young Enterprise will expand its mentoring programme are: Black Country consortium, Gloucestershire, Humber, North East, Northamptonshire, Sheffield City region, Solent, South East and Tees Valley.

The investment will help Young Enterprise scale up its tried and tested employer mentoring programme. Mentors will deliver the Learner Development Journey – a day-long programme followed by the opportunity to complete the Young Enterprise Company Programme – which empowers young people to set up and run a real business over an academic year and which develops their key employability skills, aspirations, self esteem and work readiness.

Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise Chief Executive, said:

“Our mentoring initiatives have a lasting impact on young people’s futures and we’re delighted to expand our reach to inspire and give confidence to even more disadvantaged young people.

“Young Enterprise has a nationally proven track record of engaging young people through mentoring led enterprise challenges. Mentors will support young people to develop their key employability skills and fulfil their full potential .”

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “Too many young people across England are at risk of not achieving their full potential. This can have a lasting impact on their future and career later in life.

“Employer mentoring is a powerful way to address this issue by helping young people get inspired about the world of work.

“Our fund will work to unlock this inspiration by scaling up proven mentoring programmes to help boost social mobility and give young people great life changing experiences.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to get involved in mentoring to step forward and join this mentoring movement and make a real difference to the lives of young people in their local community.”

For more information on the Company’s mentoring campaign visit