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Matt Makes Progress

5 months into the role and we manage to get more words from our man about the county…

It turns out that the new YE man in East Sussex has found out that his previous experience as a firefighter has proved extremely helpful during the early weeks and months!

Now Matt is looking to build on and establish relationships far and wide. He looks excitingly at the prospect of growing the Young Enterprise programme and engagement both in East Sussex and across the county. With a wealth of knowledge and a large network behind him, he is looking to expand and work with more schools in East Sussex utilising the important local boards and volunteers.

The numbers of schools that are engaging on the company programme has decreased nationwide, unfortunately, with the ever-growing pressure on both teachers’ and pupils’ time for extra-curricular activities. The challenge we face is that all young people still have the same difficulties in not benefiting from real work readiness or interactions/experiences that help develop crucial employability skills.

The fantastic thing about Young Enterprise and the Company Programme is that it can be completed in 12 weeks! We provide local business advisors to support the groups and keep them on track throughout their journey and the input from the centre leads (link teachers) is minimal. Meanwhile the outcomes of the programme are optimal and have a huge impact on the young peoples’ business skills in their preparation for working life, whether as an employee or entrepreneur.

How the market is developing

Matt is keen to share what he has learned from the recent impact report entitled The Future of the Labour Market.

“The world of work continues to change at an increasing speed. The use of technology across many different industries calls for employees to be more adaptable in order to keep up with demand. However, employees do not only need technical competence, they also need to have a wide range of practical, social and professional skillsets, along with having self-insight into their motivations, strengths and areas of development to thrive in the workplace. Skills such as problem solving, resilience and work readiness are key to successfully navigating today’s labour market.”

Another 2017 report prepared by Oliver Wyman & Mercer, a leading HR consultancy, also highlights how “the changing labour force and the growing digital era require a workforce that is adaptable and in possession of multiple skillsets. What will set individuals apart is their ability to develop and demonstrate uniquely human skills such as creativity, customer service, relationship building and problem solving in a world of work that increasingly uses technology to perform more transactional tasks.”

YE Providing solutions to tomorrow’s labour market needs

What is the Young Enterprise Company Programme? The Programme provides a vehicle for young people’s and businesses’ growing need for adaptability and employability skills for life beyond statutory education.

Company Programme provides an experiential learning opportunity that introduces young people to the practical realities of the world of work. Over the course of up to an academic year, students make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs and via YE Market Place – the new, bespoke online sales platform designed to help build e-commerce skills.

YE Market Place is solely for Young Enterprise student companies. It provides an opportunity to develop sought-after skills including digital marketing, including using social media for business and data analytics to learn what engages the target audience.

We are now at the exciting time for schools across the county as we are approaching this year’s showcase events. The joint Eastbourne & Wealden and Brighton, Hove & Lewes Showcase will be held on 25 April at the Amex Stadium in Brighton and the Sussex finals will be on 1 May at Ricardo’s in Shoreham.

To contact Matt to discuss Young Enterprise and how you can work with us please call 07867 001515 or email: matt.ryan@y-e.org.uk.