Launch Pad

Are you enterprising? An ideal introduction to business and the Company Programme



Target age group: 11 – 18
Key stage: 3, 4 and 5
Group size: flexible; class or year group
Length: 3 – 6 hours

We believe that there is no better way to learn than by giving students the opportunity to set up and run something for themselves. Launch Pad allows them to do just that by learning how to launch a fledgling business, building key employability competencies along the way.

In these practical and engaging sessions, trained facilitators and business volunteers with a wealth of experience lead students through a journey that builds towards an enterprise challenge.

Through a range of hands-on activities, students learn how to move from generating an idea to launching their product in the marketplace. Learning the importance of teamwork, different roles that contribute to running a business and creating a brand identity and marketing strategy along the way. These sessions are an excellent introduction to our Company Programme or can work as a stand alone programme supporting Careers Guidance or Business Studies integration.

Why choose this programme?

  • Ideal introduction to Young Enterprise programmes
  • The perfect stepping-stone before embarking upon the Company Programme
  • Students gain a certificate that evidences the development of their key employability skills which can contribute to building a CV
  • Greater self awareness to recognise personality types, strengths and weaknesses and what this means for personal development as well as working as part of a team
  • Volunteers share an insight into their jobs and their career progression, inspiring and informing students, enabling them to make more informed choices and helping to prepare them for life beyond education
  • Students gain an opportunity to explore specific industry sectors relevant to national and local labour market needs

Key features:

  • Develops teamwork and employability competencies
  • Helps students test the feasibility of a business idea
  • Develop the business concept
  • Creating a brand and marketing plan
  • Explore company roles
  • Recognising and reviewing how skills developed can apply in the world of work

Supports the school curriculum in the following areas:

  • Business Studies
  • Careers
  • Employability skills
  • PSHE
  • Enterprise education
  • Contributes to a stable careers programme. It provides inspiration and raises aspirations through encounters  with employers and employees
  • Utilises Young Enterprise’s large established volunteer network from a range of industries. YE volunteers are trained to work with young people, support the delivery of our programmes
  • Provides a practical opportunity to explore a range of different careers
  • Helps develop vital employability skills including communication, confidence, financial capability, organisation and decision making, initiative, problem solving, resilience and teamwork

Supports the Welsh Curriculum

  • Careers and the world of work
  • Personal and Social Education
  • Provides an introduction to the enterprise and employability challenge element of the Welsh Baccalaureate

View further information on how this programme supports good career guidance, employability and enterprise education.


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