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
  • Up to 32 students per company
  • Multiple student companies can run from the same school, college or centre
  • Flexible duration from 12 weeks up to one academic year
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Learning outcomes

  • Gain first-hand experience of work, job roles and working as a team
  • Recognise the qualities and skills needed for employability and evidence examples of these skills
  • Explore personal strengths and areas for personal development
  • Understand self-employment / entrepreneurship as a career option
  • Develop interesting and relevant content for inclusion in applications to education, training providers and future employers
  • Develop a professional network
  • Fulfil the skills element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
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72% of students improved in four or more employability competencies, with work readiness and self-esteem showing the greatest improvement

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In 2018, 954 schools and 15,723 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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