Young Enterprise is the UK 's largest business and enterprise education charity with more than 5,500 schools, colleges and universities participating in its programmes. It offers a range of programmes for young people from four years of age through to 25+. All programmes are based on the principle of learning by doing and bring volunteers from business into the classroom or university to work with the teacher and students.
Some of the Young Enterprise programmes offer students direct experience of enterprise through working together to run their own real company. Others are structured around seminars and classes, using games, activities and role-play to help students to develop skills and capabilities for enterprise, business and the world of work.
The active involvement of volunteers from business and the local community is fundamental to Young Enterprise's mission to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise. Volunteers' enthusiasm, knowledge and real-life experiences enrich the learning for students, helping them to understand the world of work and prepare for their futures.
Each volunteering opportunity offers a different experience for business advisers and the time commitment varies from programme to programme which ensures that there is a programme to suit everyone. As well as offering a learning experience for students, Young Enterprise programmes also bring learning benefits for the volunteers who are encouraged to develop their own skills and knowledge alongside the students.
Through the Young Enterprise experience volunteers can:
- develop and hone their own management skills in a real working environment; in particular communication, interpersonal and team working skills
- develop self-confidence, dealing directly with committed people in sometimes challenging situations
- increase their knowledge through taking a holistic view and seeing how a complete business operates, rather than a single function such as production or sales
- contribute towards the CPD qualification requirements of ACCA
- access training and the opportunity to put into practice newly acquired insights.
ACCA is keen for ACCA members and graduates to become involved with Young Enterprise by acting as business advisers to local company programme students, sharing experiences, developing new skills and maintaining the ACCA profile within this market.
To find out more about the volunteering opportunities available in your region and to register an interest in becoming a Young Enterprise adviser visit the Young Enterprise website.