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Awards Evening 2021

Due to the number of submissions made across the country, we have decided to remove the regional finals stage and judge all submissions made by a national panel so that there is consistency. This national panel will shortlist the top 15 teams from across Scotland to go forward to compete at the Scottish Finals on 1st June 2021. This means that there will not be 15 individual regional events from 20-22 April this year. Instead, there will be one event on Wednesday 21st April at 6pm to celebrate the achievements of all young people involved and to announce the shortlist for the Scottish Finals.

You can register for this event here: Please feel free to share this link with Students, Link Teachers and Business Advisers.

In order to recognise the significant achievement and resilience of the young people to get to this stage, each school that has submitted evidence to the regional finals stage will receive a physical certificate of achievement and a letter from Young Enterprise Scotland after the judging is complete.

The Lothian Area team and Young Enterprise Scotland are hugely grateful for everyone for all your support, resilience and flexibility during what has been the most challenging of years for everyone, with those who have been impacted the most, the young people, being at the front and centre of the decisions that have been made.

Strathclyde University examination

The Strathclyde University Exam will still be going ahead this year.

Due to the online nature of COVID and schools working from home, the process will be as follows:

  • Strathclyde University will make contact directly with each Centre Lead to find out which schools wish to participate.
  • Strathclyde University e-mail the exam to the schools with template answer booklet (with the cover page) and instructions.
  • If schools are back to in-person learning, the exams can be taken on computers whilst supervised. Otherwise, the University will trust students to complete the work independently from home.
  • Once completed the schools upload their student’s papers to a secure Sharefolder which will be created by the University.
Exam periodMonday 15th February to Friday 26th February
Answer books to be uploaded to Sharedrive byFriday 5th March
Marking periodWednesday 10th March to Wednesday 31th March
Markers to return scripts byMonday 5th April
Results to be finalised & released & Certificates issuesWeek beginning 26th April

YEUK online tips

With isolation, working from home and remote support from your Centre Lead or Business Advisor, it can be difficult to ensure everyone in the company is up to date and informed of what is going on.

TIP ONE!
Use ‘YOUR STUDENT COMPANY RESOURCES’ to share documents (e.g. Bank application forms, reports, meeting minutes etc) via YE Online so everyone associated with your company can access that document. Simply upload it on the RESOURCES page (always helpful to date the document beforehand).

TIP TWO!
Add ‘Events and Tasks’ for everyone to see. Choose ‘MY REMINDERS’ from the top toolbar in YE Online and add diary dates for upcoming events and tasks that everyone needs to see and be aware of.

TIP THREE!
Use the ‘MY MESSAGES’ feature, on the top tool bar, to keep in touch with your company members, including your Centre Lead and Business Advisor.

Reminders and messages posted will generate promts to all those with emails on the system.

Of course, we expect you to be practicing your business language, so go on, have a go now and make running your company a little easier!

Programme Support

SCQF Accreditation updated 22nd Jan 2021

There are 9 Young Enterprise teams in the Lothian area that are participating with the SCQF accreditation. Please see more details about the units below.

We appreciate that remote learning may raise concerns about the continuity of the qualification, however, please rest assured that we remain
committed to supporting learners on the programme.
As such, we have devised the following contingency plans with Glasgow Kelvin College:
Unit 1:
The deadline for any outstanding resubmissions has been extended to Friday 26th February. Students should submit the work that is currently on
Moodle. If students have been unable to submit evidence for genuine reasons linked to COVID-19, then please let us know of this.
Unit 2:
The deadline for submissions for Unit 2 has been extended to Friday 30th April. Please note that there have been no changes to the evidence
required.
Unit 3:
The deadline for Unit 3 remains Friday 30th April. The submission requirements have been changed to only the company report and Moodle will be updated to reflect this in due course.
Unit 4:
The optional Unit 4 has been suspended for this academic year. We will also be hosting weekly drop-in sessions on Microsoft Teams to support learners and centre leaders. The details of these sessions will be announced on a monthly basis.

Please see below the details for January’s sessions:
Thursday 28th January, 4pm-5pm
These sessions will be run on Microsoft Teams, and links will be shared with each Centre Lead in advance to pass on to students.
Young Enterprise Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College appreciate these are challenging times and we will be flexible with how we can support centres to ensure that genuine achievement is certificated and that students are recognised for their achievements.