Company Programme empowers young people to set up and run a student company under the guidance of a 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.

Registrations for 2023 – 2024 are now closed.

If you would like to purchase Company Programme for the 2024 – 2025 academic year, please fill out the expression of interest form:


  • Suitable for 13 – 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, Company Connect
  • Students are provided with support and guidance from a volunteer (virtually and in-person where possible)
  • Can be used to fulfil the skills element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
  • Can be used to support the Pearson Extended Project Qualification
  • Costs just £530 per student company for state schools

If you are working with young people who have mild to moderate learning difficulties you may want to take a look at our Team Programme.

More about Company Programme

We’re pleased to be working with Card One Money to support Company Programme teams to manage their finances. The business banking alternative that allows you to receive funds, make payments and manage company finances simply and securely.

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 possible career pathways
  • Be able to provide evidence of valuable experience and skills development for future applications to education, training providers and future employers.



91% of young people have the courage to keep trying when they find learning difficult

87% of young people find value in their learning from Company Programme

96% of educators felt Company Programme raised young people’s awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses

91% of educators felt Company Programme increased their student’s self-awareness in their own capabilities and potential

In 2019/20, 11, 333 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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To find out more please get in touch with your local Young Enterprise representative.
You can find a full list of contacts on our website.