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Enterprising idea for Warrington teenagers

Company Programme attracts big names as mentors

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Andy Gatcliffe, Wolves chief executive, Greg Hewitt, Rock Oil director, Eileen Jackson, Young Enterprise manager and front Nicola Priest, group editor of the Warrington Guardian and David Hymers, managing director of Totalpost Services

The Company Programme is a scheme which lets 15 to 19 year olds have the chance at running a real business for a year.

And the scheme, run by Young Enterprise, has attracted big names in the town to act as expert mentors to guide budding business people every step of the way.

This year the programme is being supported by European Metal Recycling Ltd (EMR), Totalpost Services Ltd, Warrington Guardian, Warrington Wolves, Sellafield and Solvay Interox among others.

Chris Sheppard, CEO of EMR said of Young Enterprise: “It’s great to be involved in providing exciting opportunities for young people outside of the classroom and hopefully sponsoring our business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future.

“Three of our managers also provide their support to the various groups by way of business mentor, and it’s a great opportunity for our employees to develop their mentoring skills and nurture the talents of their group.”

Andy Gatcliffe added: “As CEO of Warrington Wolves – a leading club in Rugby Super League, I am really passionate about allowing the Young Enterprise students every possible opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial business skills and in doing so, this provides a real-life experience for them and something I believe, that they will both learn from and remember for life.”

David Hymers, of Totalpost Services, said: “We have been an avid provider of young peoples apprenticeships for several years and the opportunity to support Young Enterprise fits with our thoughts and actions perfectly.

To find out more about the scheme contact Eileen Jackson on 07841 880985 or eileen.jackson@y-e.org.uk.