YOUNG people are getting the chance to learn about the world of business, thanks to a new initiative.
A band of business aces have teamed up with the North Yorkshire region’s branch of Young Enterprise to offer the right advice and support via a volunteer board of experts.
Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity and helps 250,000 young people every year to learn about business.
Young people across North Yorkshire will be able to benefit from the scheme.
The remit of the board is to help raise the profile, awareness and funds to support the Young Enterprise Company Programme.
Joining the Yorkshire board are Paul Marsh, managing director of Knaresborough-based GSPK Design and vice-chairman of the volunteer board, Tracy Smith, managing director of the York Science Park, Rick Armstrong, managing director of the Mentor Group, and Martin Miles of York-based business consultants Glue Together.
Young Enterprise’s North Yorkshire area manager, Jill Tinsley, said: “There are very exciting times ahead and it’s great to have such enthusiastic, committed board members as ambassadors for the region and to help raise awareness of the charity. The more schools that take up the programme, the more pupils can enjoy the benefits.”
She added: “Having volunteer mentors demonstrates how much the business community is behind the company programme.
“Local companies are putting their money where their mouths are to help support a worthwhile charity.”
Paul Marsh said: “Young Enterprise is not about giving young people work experience, it’s far greater than that.
“It’s about giving them the skills they need to generate their own opportunities and create some form of sustainability for their future.”