Young Enterprise Scotland who are proud Gold Sponsors of the College Awards, share their exciting programme Bridge 2 Business below:

Bridge 2 Business is an interactive and engaging programme to inspire, connect and support college students into business.

The programme offers enterprising students first hand opportunities to engage with appropriate and relevant business role models relevant to any college students who have an interest in setting up their own small enterprise or to take those skills to their workplace.

The Programme will connect students with the Enterprise eco-system that exists in Scotland to support our much-needed start-up businesses. The Programme also offers students support to help test out business ideas, match them with mentors from the local business community and develop their professional skills while continuing in Further Education.

1. Enhance Entrepreneurial Attitudes amongst the Young People of Scotland
This Young Enterprise Scotland Outcome supports the Scottish Governments Employment Opportunities Outcome. Here the Government’s approach includes laying the foundations for the future wellbeing and achievement of our children and young people, increasing skill levels across the population and supporting the flow of knowledge from our Universities and Colleges into sustainable wealth creation.

2. Improve the Enterprise Skills of the Young People of Scotland
The second YES outcome maps with the Scottish Governments Research and Innovation Outcome. Here our work will help develop the skills of young people to best effect. Skills development should run right through our lifelong learning agenda, from early school years through to Further and Higher Education.

3. Strengthen the Work Readiness of Scotland’s School and College Population
This final YES Outcome supports the Scottish Governments Young People outcome. The work of the Bridge 2 Business programme will help ensure that our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

These Outcomes are achieved through a variety of appropriate entrepreneurial activities that have proven to be successful in the FE College Sector for students, teaching staff, support staff and stakeholders:

– Practical challenges with young people
– Opportunities that break down perceived barriers to commercial activities
– Opportunities that add value to student curriculum
– Recognition of College Sector Entrepreneurship through Tertiary Enterprise Education Awards
– Engagement with Corporate and Non-Profit Eco-System Organisations
– A Continual Professional Development programme for Educators recognised by SCQF

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