Developing important skills

Company Programme provides a practical way for young people to get a taste of the world of work and develop vital employment skills.

Life skills that are developed through participation in Company Programme:

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Financial capability
  • Initiative
  • Digital
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Team work

Assessing progression

YE asks all students to complete two online questionnaires in order for students to show their progression around these eight key employability competencies and personal development capabilities.

A Starting Up questionnaire should be completed by each student as soon as they get access to YE Online (once the CL has registered their student company). The Looking Back questionnaire is completed at the end of the Programme and is dependent on the Starting Up questionnaire having been completed.

Completion of both questionnaires enables students to download a personalised certificate of achievement showing their progression, and a company-based certificate of achievement is also available to show the averages across the team.

YE Online will generate reminder emails to those students who have not completed their questionnaire. BAs and CLs are able to see from YE Online which students have not completed the questionnaire.

We ask BAs and CLs to remind and encourage their students to complete their questionnaires and download their certificates.

CLs are also asked to rate their expectations of their students’ skills development and future aspirations at the beginning of the academic year. The same questions are then asked at the end of the year to establish to what extent the Programme met these expectations; these surveys aim to consolidate and cross-reference the data obtained from the students. BAs will also be asked to provide their feedback on the students’ experience at the end of the Programme.

YE puts a strong emphasis on appraisal and assessment of its programmes. The feedback via the surveys also allows us to ensure that programmes are meeting their objectives and remain fit-for-purpose, or identify opportunities to improve them.