Young Enterprise Company Programme:
Empowering young people: to learn, to work, to live
About Young Enterprise
Youth unemployment remains a critical issue in the UK, with 850,000 16-24 year olds (11.8%) not in employment, education or training (NEET).
Young Enterprise is the UK's leading business and enterprise education charity. The company provides 210,000 learning opportunities for young people each year with the support of 6,100 volunteers from local business.
These activities aim to enable young people to develop and apply crucial skills that help them to succeed in work and in life: teamwork, confidence, problem solving, initiative, financial literacy, communication, organisation and resilience. Students with regular access to enterprise education are 5 times less likely to end up NEET. Young Enterprise aim to prevent youth unemployment and ensure that employers are able to source a quality pipeline of young employees.
The Company Programme
The Programme is a true test of young people’s readiness for a real work environment. The programme is truly unique in quality, reach and effectiveness and sparks the entrepreneurial spirit in young people, supporting them to work in a group and start a business for 1 academic year.
Each year around 20,000 young students set up 2,000+ Companies across the UK, with support from Young Enterprise and volunteer business mentors; in 2016 they generated £2 million in sales. These are real companies that experience the real challenges and opportunities of the business world, providing a practical insight to what life after school is about, including trading with the general public.
Sponsoring Awards Event
The Young Enterprise (YE) Company of the Year Competition is the annual celebration of the achievements of students and their companies. It is a tremendous achievement for each group of students to attend the event to proudly present the results of their company and their learning. This year, Areca Design were proud to sponsor the South Worcestershire Area Final.
There were lots of awards presented at the Event, all of which were supported by local businesses. The Four Finalists going forward to the Hereford & Worcester final on the 9th May are:
Hidden from Tudor Grange Academy Worcester -
Received the Innovation award, supported by QinetiQ
Best Presentation, supported by Worcester Bosch
Best Finance Director, supported by Bishop Fleming
Product is an anti-bullying t shirt.
Illuminate from Malvern St James -
Received Best Use of Technology Award, supported by PCA Predict
Best Company Report, supported by Worcester Bosch
Product is Posh Squash made of locally sourced fruit.
Dynamic from Malvern St James -
Received Best MD award, supported by Federation of Small Businesses
Product is a well-being book produced by the students, aimed at mental health.
Millennium from King’s -
Product is British developed baths salts, soaps and incense sticks that come in a variety of scents.
On the 9th May, there will be a total of 10 companies competing to go through to the West Midlands final on the 15th June at Wolverhampton University. One company from the West Midlands will go through to the UK final on the 6 July 2017 at BFI Southbank.
Areca Design are excited to be part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme, supporting young entrepreneurs and new business innovation.
If you would like any information on how we can support your own business with creative, professional marketing and digital campaigns, please contact us today.