Company Programme empowers young people to set up and run a student company under the guidance of a business volunteer. Students make all the decisions about their business, from deciding on the company name, managing the company finances and selling to the public. Participants gain practical business experience and key skills.



  • Suitable for 15 – 19 year olds
  • Flexible duration from 12 weeks up to one academic year
  • Multiple student companies can run from the same school, college or centre (up to 32 students per company)
  • Access to resources and guidance on our dedicated platform, YE Online
  • Students provided with support and guidance from a Business Volunteer (virtually and in-person where possible)
  • Fulfil the skills element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
  •  Used to support the Pearson Extended Project Qualification


More about Company Programme

Learning outcomes

  • Gain first-hand experience of the world of work and working as part of a team
  • Develop the qualities and skills that employers value and be able to evidence examples of these skills
  • Explore self-employment and entrepreneurship as a possible career pathway
  • Be able to provide evidence of valuable experience and skills development for future applications to education, training providers and future employers.
  • Fulfil the skills element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
  • Used to support the Pearson Extended Project Qualification


Register your interest for 20/21

72% of students improved in four or more employability competencies, with work readiness and self-esteem showing the greatest improvement


In 2019/20, 9341 students took part in Company Programme. Find out more about the benefits and get a taste of what it’s like to take part by watching our ‘A Year in the Life’ video.


Student Stories

“Company Programme has been a priceless and life changing experience. The programme has taught me so many things that a classroom never could, such as the importance of networking, communication taking calculated risk” – student, yorkshire


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