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Welcome to the 2019-20 Company Programme

From everyone at the Lothian Area Team, welcome to a new Young Enterprise year. It’s time to get the schools programme started and after a fantastic 2018/19 we have plans to make this year even better with a few more little changes happening to ensure pupils have as good a learning experience as possible. 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 2019/20, and if so how many companies.
  3. Confirmation that you have Business Adviser in place for the coming year.

We would be extremely grateful if you could email this information to as soon as possible and no later than Friday 30th August to ensure you get all the information and support you need.

Super news …..

The Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Company Programme has taken a major step forward with news that all young entrepreneurs enrolled during 2019-20 will, have the opportunity to gain a qualification at the same SCQF level as a Higher. 

The secondary schools programme now sites as SCQF Level 6 with between 26-30 Credit Points, meaning that students’ hard work and entrepreneurial drive will be even more easily recognised by future education providers and employers. 

This credit rating a Level 6 is a game changer for young people and schools. 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.