UK Youth’s Enterprise Challenge Programme

As part of a 3 year project funded by the Garfield Weston Trust to support youth workers to develop enterprise skills with their young people in non-formal education, UK Youth have developed an Enterprise Challenges Programme.

With the generous support of The Garfield Weston Foundation, UK Youth has recently launched its ‘Creating a Can Do Culture’ toolkit of enterprise learning activities to help workers develop young people’s entrepreneurial skills.

The toolkit links to the Youth Achievement Awards programme and provides sample challenges and targets to help you recognise young people’s achievements in the area of enterprise.

Rather than teaching young people how to set up their own microbusinesses this toolkit aims to support workers to develop a range of entrepreneurial skills that can be transferred to a variety of settings. Skills like problem solving, team work, knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, communication etc are all covered in a fun and interesting way

To order a free copy (Subject to £3.60 postage and packaging) of this toolkit for your project (limited to one copy per project) go to

and download, complete in full and return the form to Charmaine Simpson.

Young People’s Rewards:

UK Youth have also produced a set of ‘rewards’ for young people who complete an enterprise challenge. These

are brightly coloured silicon wristbands which reinforce the messages of the positive contribution that enterprise skills have on young people’s personal and social development.

When you order the toolkit (see above) you will be sent a pack of 20 to distribute to your young people, but please let us know if you need more, or less and we will try to help.


Enterprise Challenge Grant Scheme:

Supported by Mazars, UK Youth is delighted to be able to offer UK Youth’s YAA registered groups the opportunity to develop and implement their enterprise ideas through the Enterprise Challenge Grant Scheme. This funding will enable groups to apply for up to £250 to progress the enterprise ideas they have explored through the toolkit.

We will have 3 deadlines for applications:

  • 25th June 2010
  • 24th September 2010
  • 14th January 2011

We expect to give out 46 grants to UK Youth YAA groups in total with 4 bursaries being used to develop non-formal enterprise projects in youth groups in Kenya. Projects will need to be based on the interests and ideas of young people, operate legally, and make a positive contribution to their community. We also encourage applications for creative and challenging enterprise projects.

Successful projects will also need to be offering young people the opportunity to accredit their achievements through the Youth Challenges or Youth Achievement Award programme.

Successful projects will be offered support through an ‘e-mentoring programme’ with Mazar staff and support from UK Youth to develop their enterprise programme and accreditation.

If you have any further questions relating to this programme, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Charmaine Simpson
Education & Training Administrative Officer

PO Box 45184
N15 3XL

Tel: 0203 137 3827
Fax: 01425 675107
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