Young Enterprise on the lookout for new talent

Since its launch in Guernsey in 1982, the Young Enterprise scheme has enabled the formation of more than 100 local companies; providing over 1000 students from local schools with the opportunity to learn about running a business.

The programme is searching for secondary school students aged 15-19 to take part in this year’s challenge.

Young Enterprise Board Member, Andrew Niles, said: “The Young Enterprise programme gives young people in Guernsey the opportunity to gain experience in a professional environment and develop skills outside of the classroom. 

“We’re looking forward to another year of great fun and business with some of the brightest young business people on the island.’’

The programme is facilitated by local business professionals over the course of eight months. The syllabus provides a broad-based understanding of corporate management, capital raising, governance, marketing, mentoring and an insight into the day-to-day trials of running a real business.

Justin Bellinger, Chief Digital Officer at Sure said: “I am always amazed at finals night. These businesses take the challenge seriously and you can see they put in a lot of effort to be crowned the winner. We have sponsored the Young Enterprise programme since the outset and every year I am inspired and rewarded by the amazing results that our young islanders produce.’’

The year builds towards a presentation evening where companies will deliver their end of year reports with the aim of winning locally for the chance to compete nationally and internationally.

Last year Guernsey’s Company of the Year was YEP, with their great messages concerning environmental impact, who went on to win the Regional Finals before going on to the National Finals in London.

Those interested in taking part can find more information here: