Young Enterprise Scotland est un organisation qui travaille en partenariat avec les écoles et les professionnels pour « éduquer » et former les jeunes à l’entrepreneuriat et ce dès l’école primaire.. On leur donne des outils concrets et on leur transmet des compétences clées pour diriger un business et pour les former à la vie en général. Une pédagogie innovante qui marche au regard des success stories de ces jeunes entrepreneurs et de leurs témoignages.A quand des cours d’entrepreneuriat dans nos écoles primaires, collèges et lycées?
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Learning business skills is a vital part of becoming a successful entrepreneur and Young Enterprise Scotland work with young people to give them the opportunity to do just that – and to develop their communication, negotiation and presentation skills along way.
An ambitious vision for Scotland: to have the most entrepreneurial people in the world
Young Enterprise Scotland has an ambitious vision for Scotland: To have the most entrepreneurial people in the word. And it is working to achieve this through a wide variety of programmes that are delivered in primary and secondary schools, as well as in universities. and colleges. All these programmes are defined by « learning by doing » model of engagement, which helps develop the skills of young people that are going to be beneficial in life and in work.
Developing skills to run their own business
The Company Programme is the ultimate enterprise experience for final year students in secondary schools accross Scotland. The pupils set up and run their own company with support from local business volunteer mentors. At the end of academic year the participants compete on a local, regional, national and european level to be Crowned Company of the Year.
Impressive results for these future young adults
As Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Scotland since October 2014, Geoff Leask, is passionate and enthusiast about the outcomes that young people achieve from participating in the Company Programme.
« I never fail to be impressed by the way young people develop their communication, negotiation and presentation skills, for example, all of the things that are needed by young people when they leave education and progress into the world of work, whether that is for themselves or with others. « I have no doubt that we are playing a critical role in developing young people in Scotland who are better prepared for the future. »
Business case study: facing skin cancer
We wanted to highlight one of the experience of these young people setting up their own business, and supporting by Young Enterprise Scotland.
Radiate, a team of fifth-year students from Glen Urquhart High School, were the best Overall Company in the Young Enterprise Scotland Highland&Moray Area this year. They produced and marketed a range of handmade bracelets in different colors, incorporating UV-sensitive beads that change color when exposed to UV radiation. Initially, the group targeted parents with young children- raising awareness of the presence of harmful ultraviolet rays and potential for sunburn to sensitive skin. Further market research revealed an opportunity in the outdoor sports market, particularly winter sports when lower temperatures make it easy to forget that the sun’s rays can still be harmful.
Each bracelet is packaged in a drawstring bag that also contains safety information, as well as details of the skin cancer awareness charity Melanoma UK.
What does it tell us?
The students admit there were many times when deadlines and targets forced them to work harder than normal- but overcoming these problems gave them a sense of achievement and helped them to learn to cope with difficulties. They found the experience of running a business incredibly useful and fun. – an opportunity that has helped them develop confidence, and build skills in planning, communication, and teamwork.
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