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School pupils engage with business across Durham

More than 800 students and volunteers learning new skills

Young Enterprise Programme

Back row (left to right): Alison Wilkinson (Young Enterprise Manager), Malcolm Gray (livin Improving Communities Coordinator), Eddie Stanbridge (HMRC Administrative Officer) and Karen Keeny (livin Com

A new programme aimed at giving young people more skills to better equip them for work is being taken up in schools across East Durham.

The Young Enterprise programme will see more than 800 students and volunteers learning new skills that will hopefully help them to succeed in their chosen career path.

Five schools will take part in the project with pupils aged between six and 13-years-old.

Homes and communities business livin provided £9,500 in funding to support the programme from its livin community fund grant alongside East Durham Rural Corridor AAP which provided £7,000, the schools allocated £3,200 and Young Enterprise £9,500.

Alan Boddy, executive director, people and communities for livin, said: “The Young Enterprise programme is a tried and tested method that really works.

“Statistics show that pupils that take part in the programme are twice as likely to start their own business in the future and increases future earnings compared to peers that do not take part.

“Educational attainment in some of our communities is poor and this programme will help us to target these communities and offer additional support and opportunities to young people that need it most.“

As part of the programme, volunteers from the business community run workshops with the children who design and build a city, learning what it takes to create successful and sustainable communities using employment and businesses as a catalyst.

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