Pupils say YES to Company Programme as 2019/20 registration opens

By August 30, 2019

Back (L-R) Fraser Morrison, YES Senior Programme Executive, Alan Hamilton, Depute Head Teacher, Stirling High, Sheona Mathewson, YES Forth Valley Local Chair, Cllr Susan McGill, Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Bruce Crawford, MSP for Stirling and Geoff Leask, YES Chief Executive. Front (L-R) Natalie Campbell, Teacher at Stirling High School with pupils from the School.

Schools across Scotland are signing up to the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) flagship Company Programme as official registration opens for the 2019/20 SCQF accredited qualification.

For the first time since the Company Programme was first rolled out across Scotland in 1973, all students enrolled will have the opportunity to gain a qualification at SCQF level equivalent to Higher.

SCQF credit rating is the formal process undertaken for qualifications and learning programmes to be included on the SCQF – Scotland’s lifelong learning framework.

Following a jointly-funded collaboration between the Scottish Government, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQFP), Glasgow Kelvin College and YES, the programme now sits at SCQF Level 6 with between 26 – 30 Credit Points. Participating students’ hard work and entrepreneurial drive will now be officially recognised and even more highly regarded by future education providers and employers.

Pupils from Stirling High School were joined by MSP Bruce Crawford and YES Chief Executive Geoff Leask on Thursday 29th August to launch the opening of the registration process.

Commenting, Chief Executive of YES, Geoff Leask, said:

“Gaining an official credit rating at Level 6 is a major step forward for the Company Programme and will be a huge benefit to the pupils and teachers involved. We aim to reach young people from all backgrounds and this accreditation will open opportunities to those who perhaps aren’t likely to gain traditional, academic qualifications.

“The strong collaboration between the SCQFP, the Scottish Government, Glasgow Kelvin College and ourselves has enabled this to happen and we look forward to helping progress young people’s life chances through this qualification in the months and years ahead.

“Now that the registration process is open, we look forward to welcoming some new schools on board and seeing the creative ideas this year’s young entrepreneurs come up with.”

Bruce Crawford, MSP for Stirling said:

“The work that YES has done to see through the accreditation of its Company Programme has been invaluable for the students involved. With this development, we hope to see more schools and pupils than ever signing up as the programme continues to grow and develop.”
Over 2000 students from across the country took part in 2018/19, with many opting to sign up for a second year.

Alan Hamilton, Depute Head Teacher at Stirling High School, said:

“We see first-hand the huge benefits our young people receive from taking part in the Company Programme in terms of personal development as well as building on their skills and experience in a real-life business environment.

Many of this year’s team have previously taken part in the Young Enterprise Fiver and Tenner challenges. To see these young people, develop into passionate entrepreneurs is hugely rewarding as a teacher, and the opportunities the Company Programme presents will only grow with the new accreditation in place.”

Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said:

“The YES Company Programme has proved highly beneficial for young people at Stirling High and secondary schools throughout the area.

“It equips young people with key tools and practical experiences which will help them reach a variety of positive destinations, and I am delighted that more S5/S6 pupils in Stirling will have the opportunity to secure this qualification.”

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley said:

“We are committed to ensuring Stirling’s young people achieve their potential after leaving school and the Company Programme enables pupils to develop important entrepreneurial experiences and a wide range of skills.

“I am pleased this enterprising initiative is the now embedded in the curriculum and more of our young people will be better prepared for the journey into the world of work.”

For more information, visit yes.org.uk.