Careers & Enterprise Company

Since 2017 Young Enterprise has been delighted to work with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) on a ground-breaking strategic partnership. Through the CECs fantastic support, the partnership has enabled YE to support young people living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England.

The partnership goes hand in hand with YE’s strategy to prioritise resources to support young people experiencing disadvantage and CEC’s supported has assisted YE to increase its reach in secondary schools in the most disadvantaged areas of England from 35% in 2016 to 41% in 2018. 

Since 2017 Young Enterprise has been delighted to work with the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) on a ground-breaking strategic partnership. Through the CECs fantastic support, the partnership has enabled YE to support young people living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England to increase the range of career opportunities they’re aware of and develop skills to help build successful futures.  

The impact of the partnership has been far reaching, benefitting over 20,000 young people and by September 2020 we hope to have supported an additional 50,000 young people, with CEC’s support. So far, these young people have had access to support from over 700 inspirational local volunteers from a wide range of industries, who help make our programmes real and relevant, providing the link between education and the world of work.  

The partnership goes hand in hand with YE’s strategy to prioritise resources to support young people experiencing disadvantage and CEC’s supported has assisted YE to increase its reach in secondary schools in the most disadvantaged areas of England from 35% in 2016 to 41% in 2018. 

Programmes we are delivering with support from CEC are: 

Learn to Earn (one day): inspires young people to take ownership of their life choices, goal set and increases career awareness. Business volunteers help young people work through a jobs booklet of 95 jobs from 19 industry sectors to explore how employment/salaries link to lifestyles and the cost of living. Young people consider the range of careers available, qualifications needed and routes to entry (university, apprenticeships or training).  

Employability Masterclass (one day): encourages young people to become aware of the skills and personal qualities employers value and how to build these. Volunteers and young people work through practical activities to explore themes such as personal branding within an employment setting, life experiences, CVs, LinkedIn profiles, covering letters, preparing for interview and high growth career sectors.  

Tenner Challenge (one month): in teams, young people are lent £10 as an initial investment and have one month to make as much social impact and/or profit as possible by setting up and running a mini business. At the end of the month any profit can be kept, donated to the school or a charity; the average profit is £93 and over 60% of teams donated their profits to charity. YE staff and volunteers support the young people over the month, providing hints and tips for key milestones of a start-up, as well as running entrepreneurial competitions to maintain motivation and engagement. 

Company Programme (flexible programme depending on school needs 12 weeks – one academic year): young people work in teams to create and run a company of their choice over the course of the programme supported by a dedicated volunteer business mentor. On average the Business Mentor/s will spend approximately 56 hours, providing guidance and support on how to set up and run a business.

“Young Enterprise has been pivotal in supporting CEC to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work and we are delighted with the impact their programmes are having.” – CEC

 

 

 

 

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