Accolade for East Dunbartonshire Council at enterprise awards

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East Dunbartonshire Council has been honoured by being awarded the ‘Chair’s Award for Partnership Working’ at the prestigious Young Enterprise Scotland Awards finals that were held in the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow recently.

Education Convenor, Councillor Eric Gotts, accepted the award on behalf of the council.

He said: “It is very important to highlight how partnership is to the future of Scotland and thank all those involved in making the programme such a success.”

The accolade serves to highlight the success of the ‘Empower’ programme delivered in all of East Dunbartonshire’s secondary schools during 2012/13.

This was aimed at supporting young people in the senior phase of school to develop skills for life, skills for learning and skills for work through preparation of CV’s; practice with mock interviews with business volunteers; participating in enterprising activities and achieving an SQA award as a bonus.

The programme has been evaluated very positively and was very well received by staff and young people.

It has provided employability support for those identified as most at risk, targeting especially those who have expressed a desire to leave at the statutory leaving date, eg winter leavers.

The delivery of the programme was carefully tailored to the needs of each school and from the outset clear lines of communication between link teachers, SDS careers advisors and the YES trainer were established to ensure young people were being guided to a positive post-school destination.

Currently in their 18th year, the YES Awards celebrate the success of its Company Programme, which is designed to inspire young people to try out their business ideas by starting up small companies as members of a dynamic team.

The event which was sponsored by BP, The Weir Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland, was hosted by Capital FM DJ, Des McLean, and attended by an audience that included school pupils, teachers and representatives of the local business community.

The audience was addressed by long term YES Honorary Vice-President, Sir Tom Farmer, who gave a rousing and inspiring speech where he told the young people he was jealous of all that lay ahead of them.

His advice proved popular with the young entrepreneurs when he said: “Believe in yourself, keep the can do attitude, and never be frightened of things not working out.”