Young Enterprise

We believe that the potential of the UK’s young people is unlimited, and an academic education on its own is not enough. As a national charity, we motivate young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need.

We work directly with young people, teachers, parents, businesses and volunteers to help build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and society at large.

Young people drive change

Young people will be the drivers of a more sustainable future.  They are motivated to make positive change at pace and often do not accept the barriers that others can perceive.

This is why Young Enterprise is so supportive of enabling all young people to be given more practical, real-life opportunities to apply their knowledge, solve problems and make positive, relevant connections between their classroom learning and the wider world. 

The Power of Young People’s Innovation

The Power of Young People’s Innovation

For 60 years Young Enterprise has been supporting young people to develop their own student companies through our Company Programme.

It is no surprise  that the majority of these student companies have a strong focus and commitment to the environment and sustainability. 

From these small start-up enterprises, there are always those that continue to grow and make an important difference.

Spotlight on EnviroTent

Spotlight on EnviroTent

In 2019/20, Taylor Evans led her Company Programme team to win the UK National Final with their product EnviroTent.  Taylor noted the vast number of plastic tents left remaining at the end of various festivals – all destined for landfill.  Together with her company team, Taylor developed a 100% recyclable cardboard tent to address this significant environmental challenge.

At the end of Company Programme, Taylor decided to continue the business on her own and maintain her drive to reduce the climate impact of attending festivals.

Hear what Taylor has to say about her experience.

Explore more about the impact a more applied approach to learning can have:

To find out more about why applied learning is needed, the benefits of applied learning approaches, and examples of applied learning in practice download our Applied learning brochure.

Preparing Young People for Green Careers

Preparing Young People for Green Careers

The Grid for Good programme, supported by Young Enterprise, inspires young people to discover opportunities within the energy sector in partnership with National Grid, a company which delivers electricity to homes and businesses.

The flagship Grid For Good programme provides training and employment opportunities for young people who can support National Grid’s ongoing goal to reach NET ZERO

It is a chance to meet National Grid employees, receive career coaching and access business taster sessions. Some students may be offered work placements and support with applications for apprenticeships and graduate programmes.

Over 3,000 young people have benefitted from the Grid for Good initiative, with hundreds of National Grid Employees volunteering on the programme every month.

If you are interested in how Grid For Good can help your students improve their skills and open up opportunities in the energy industry, find out more here…

Young Enterprise Support

For more information about any of the programmes and services that Young Enterprise offer please visit our website.  Whether you’re a young person considering your career options, a teacher or a careers adviser, you can work with us to most effectively prepare a generation of young people to have a positive and sustainable impact on the future.

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