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Company Programme

The Ultimate Teenage Business Challenge

Under the Company Programme students set up and run a real firm for a year with the guidance of a business advisor volunteer. You will get practical experience of the joys and pitfalls of creating a truly functioning company.

You will undertake everything from raising the initial share capital through to designing and making your product or service to selling directly to customers, including at specially organised trade fairs, and ultimately closing the business, paying taxes and distributing the profit!

Over 1,000,000 Young People Have Run a Real Business for a Year with Young Enterprise

The Company Programme has been running since 1963 and in that time over a million 15-19 year olds have taken part. Apart from delivering aspects of work related learning under the national curriculum, independent research shows it develops key skills that enhance young people’s employability and enterprise capabilities.

Many past participants of the Company Programme have gone on to outstanding careers as entrepreneurs, corporate executives and public figures. Employers tend to look favourably on students who have taken part in the company programme.

The academic world also recognises the value of the scheme. An A level 3 OCR qualification is available to all students taking part in the Company Programme. This is worth up to forty UCAS points that count towards entry into university.

Key Features of the Company Programme:

  • A dedicated website where all records, finance and alumni is kept
  • An innovative suite of business tools and guidance. Click here to visit
  • A local business advisor to guide the set-up and management of your company
  • Comprehensive support materials and training for students and link teachers
  • Public liability insurance and legal structure provided by Young Enterprise
  • Flexibility into curriculum or as an after school activity
  • Support for a range of qualifications and university entrance
  • On completion students can join the UK wide Alumni network.

Details of companies taking part in this year’s programme in Eastbourne & Wealden can be seen by clicking here: