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Welcome to the 2021-22 Company Programme

From everyone at the Lothian Area Team, welcome to a new Young Enterprise year. It’s nearly time to get the schools programme started and after a very different 2020/21, we are having to make different plans to be able to run the programme virtually this year due to the current restrictions of coronavirus and social distancing. We are having to adapt the programme to be more virtual and this includes changes to how Business Advisers interact with the students. Other changes will happen to ensure pupils have as good a learning experience as possible. Further information will be issued shortly so please keep a look out for the email. 

To ensure you get up and running as quickly as possible, we need the following information from all schools:

  1. Confirmation that you remain the primary Link Teacher contact for your school (or contact details for your replacement).
  2. Confirmation that your school intends to run the Company Programme in 2021/22, and if so how many companies.
  3. Confirmation that you have Business Adviser in place for the coming year.

The Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Company Programme has taken a major step forward with the news that all young entrepreneurs enrolled during 2021-22 will have the opportunity again to gain a qualification at  SCQF level 6. More details will be available shortly.  

The SCQF accreditation will require 26-30 credit points in order to gain the qualification meaning that students’ hard work and entrepreneurial drive will be even more easily recognised by future education providers and employers. 

The programme is aimed at every young person and is accessible to young people who perhaps aren’t likely to gain traditional, academic qualifications. 

New Business Advisers
It is typically the Link Teacher’s responsibility to recruit a Business Adviser if there is not already one in place and experience shows that the most successful Business Adviser relationships are the ones forged directly by the Link Teacher. But we are here to help and if you need support recruiting an adviser please let us know and we will find one for you. We will meet with any new advisers to introduce them to the programme, take them through the Disclosure Scotland process (PVG) and the new Child Protection online training course and make sure they are comfortable with the task ahead!

Any questions?
The Lothian Area Team are here to help so if you have any questions on the Company Programme, please email us on and we aim to respond within 24 hours.