The Young Enterprise Scotland Company Programme encourages students aged 16 to 18 to set up and run their own company over the course of one academic year.
Achievers elect a board of directors, raise share capital, market and finance a product or service of their own choice and in doing so develop entrepreneurial skills and get invaluable practical experience about how to run a business.
At the end of the year they liquidate the company and present a report and final set of accounts. Achievers are encouraged to present their business idea at an annual awards evening.
Achievers work through the programme with support from a Link teacher in their school, a volunteer Business Adviser and the Lothian area team of Young Enterprise Scotland who co-ordinate the programme and provide support throughout the year.
- The Lothian area has the highest Young Enterprise Scotland participation rate in the whole of Scotland
- Around 20 schools, 35 teams and 400 students participate each year
- The Lothian Area Team of Young Enterprise Scotland consists entirely of volunteers and receives no funding
- The Achievers involved come from both state and private schools in the Lothian Area
- 20 companies provide support in the form of Business Advisers
- The Lothian Area of Young Enterprise Scotland organises training workshops, a Christmas Market and an awards evening each academic year