More than 500 young people from schools across the country learned more about how to achieve their career goals at a two-day enterprise festival.
Determined young entrepreneurs attended Young Enterprise Scotland’s Festival of Youth Enterprise – held at Hampden Park on 5 and 6 June – to celebrate their achievements in enterprise, and find out more about business ideas and career options for the future.
The young people got the chance to meet potential employers and heard about entrepreneurship and social enterprise from some of the best business leaders in the industry.
Still Game star Sanjeev Kohli, Street Soccer Scotland supremo David Duke MBE and Sylvia Douglas, founder of MsMissMrs – an organisation which aims to empower women and girls – spoke to the bright young business brains about social enterprise.
SNP MSP Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, also popped in to see the young people on the first day of the festival.
The centrepiece of the event was last night’s Company Programme final where Estrela – a group of young people from Kirkwall Grammar School in Orkney – was named Company of the Year.
Inspired by Orcadian heritage and culture, the group of sixth year pupils manufactured a battery-operated, remote-controlled LED light designed for the home.
With help and direction from teachers Kerry Warman and Denis Soames, and from YES business advisor Aly MacPhail, the young people decided on their product, formulated a business plan, manufactured the product and pitched it into local businesses.
Proceeds from the sale of the lights goes to groups which inspired the creation of the product, including Friends of St Magnus Cathedral.
Principal teacher of business, technology and enterprise Kerry Warman said: “We’re a very small community but we have a big heart and this means a lot to all of us.
“The young people have shown fantastic resilience and motivation throughout the whole process and they’re very surprised to be recognised for their efforts. It’s an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
YES chief executive Geoff Leask said: “The festival was a fantastic success again this year. Every young person who attended was completely engaged in the activities and everyone performed really well in the breakout sessions.
“Our Company Programme final was the centrepiece of a fantastic event. We would like to say a huge well done to all of the students who took home awards on the night, and a big thank you to everyone for being involved.
“The festival brings together everything we represent: it inspires young people to succeed and encourages them to not be scared of going after their goals. We’re very proud to be involved in helping young people make the connections they need for the future.”
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