Developing the Young Workforce – Ayrshire thrive on informing and educating young people about the differing job roles and career opportunities which are available right here in Ayrshire.
Our #AYE campaign, which stands for Ayrshire’s Young Entrepreneurs, does exactly that by guiding youngsters in the right direction should they wish to start up their own business once they have left full time education.
The campaign, which has been in place since January 2016, consists of every school within the 3 local authorities, North, East and South Ayrshire, being given the opportunity to put forward 10 pupils, ranging from 1st to 3rd year, to participate in our #AYE roadshows which are held once a month at various locations.
During each roadshow the pupils attend 3 differing workshops each giving them more information on business related topics including marketing, finance, idea validation and communication to name a few. During each workshop pupils are set a practical task where they must work efficiently in their school teams to complete this successfully. These workshops allow the pupils to develop skills in team working, listening, presenting and problem solving.
Pupils also hear from local entrepreneurs from the Princes Trust and Entrepreneurial Spark about their journey of starting up a business giving pupils the inspiration and motivation should they wish to follow in their footsteps.
The roadshows are a great way for pupils to develop their skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and have clearly had a positive impact with one pupil stating it has been, ‘the greatest experience’ of his life.
“#AYE has been the greatest experience of my life, it’s absolutely amazing to see how enthusiastic everyone is and has got me thinking about starting my own business up.”
Gillian Cameron, Employer Engagement Officer for Developing the Young Workforce – Ayrshire says:
“DYW Ayrshire is about arming young people with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed in the world of work, we are delighted at the uptake in joining #AYE and hope it inspires our next generation of young people to consider setting up their own business.”
Members of the #AYE club will get the opportunity to apply to Developing the Young Workforce – Ayrshire for funding should they decide to use their new skills and knowledge to set up a sustainable business in school.
Developing the Young Workforce – Ayrshire is therefore dedicated to encouraging better connectivity between education and the world of work and the #AYE roadshows are just the beginning of this journey.