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Mentoring the next generation

Young Enterprise is the UK’s enterprise education charity, delivering over four million learning hours each year. In 2012-13 the charity inspired more than 225,000 young people in 5,000 schools, colleges and universities.

Despite its huge impact, the charity has a relatively small team of paid staff and so it depends on its network of over 5,000 business volunteers to help deliver its programmes in the classroom. Those mentors are in the front line, encouraging young people to think outside the academic box and develop the essential life skills they need to avoid joining the 1 million 16-24 year olds are struggling to find work.

That is why support from corporations such as Lloyds Banking Group is so crucial. Last November the Group partnered with Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) on the ‘High Five’ campaign to raise £10,000 for the charity.

Richard Lee, Development Director at Young Enterprise said: “People often don’t realise how reliant organisations like ourselves are on the generosity of our supporters. Our projects inspire and support young people in enterprise activities and are crucial in fostering entrepreneurial skills in young people.

“Through this campaign business people not only committed to support businesses of today through mentoring, but were also supporting entrepreneurs of the future too.”

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