Schools are being urged to say ‘YES’ to embracing enterprise scheme

An aspiring Berwickshire entrepreneur is encouraging schools to embrace enterprise learning following the official launch of the 2020/21 Company Programme from Young Enterprise Scotland (YES).

Monday, 7th September 2020, 2:05 pm
Former Earlston High pupil Lara McGowan took part in the YES Company Programme last year and has now helped to start up a social enterprise Advancing Eve.

Former Earlston High pupil Lara McGowan took part in the Company Programme last year and is now studying Business and Marketing at the University of Edinburgh.

She says that the knowledge and confidence gained completing the Company Programme has set her on her career path, having already helped to start up a social enterprise, Advancing Eve.

Last year over 2000 pupils in 140 schools across Scotland developed their enterprising skills through setting up and running their own companies as part of YES’ Company Programme, with more than 300 going on to gain an SCQF Level 6 qualification – the equivalent to a higher – for their achievements.

This year, to meet the changing needs of schools, YES is launching a new teaching model with a Scotland-wide Digital Support Programme so that all aspiring business students can take part.

The new programme includes virtual training and ‘drop-in’ sessions, as well as an online trading hub, with YES’s line-up of business partners delivering workshops on digital skills, leadership, finance, marketing and personal development.

Building on her experience, Lara co-founded Advancing Eve as a social enterprise, helping women connect with other women looking for support in realising their aspirations.

She said: “The programme is the ultimate business experience. The value in taking part will be the unique opportunity students have to learn everything they need to know about being an entrepreneur, far more than a business classroom could teach them.

“The programme allows you to experience first-hand the joys, tribulations and often the shocking reality of running your own business, but, also, one of the greatest benefits is what you can learn about yourself in the process.

“I would urge all schools to embrace enterprise learning and encourage more students to choose to get involved. For me, it helped me believe that I could make things happen and Advancing Eve is an example of that.”