YES rely on volunteers to enhance the learning experience for many of our young participants.
There are a number of volunteer opportunities available with Young Enterprise Scotland that range from an hour assisting our team in the classroom to a longer committment with weekly meetings for our Company Programme Business Advisors.
Below is a list of volunteering roles with YES to explain a little more about what's involved. We're also putting togther a Volunteering FAQ page for questions and answers that have come up before.
Updates about the opportunities we have for volunteering will be posted regularly on this page. Check in with us to see how you could help.
"Personally it’s good to contribute but I feel I’ve gained more, the energy and infectious spirit of the kids is inspiring and means it’s never a one-way street!”
Paul Sheerin, Business Adviser
Local Area Team Members
Young Enterprise Scotland has a superb volunteer network which includes over 200 Local Area Team members that support our Company Programme. Our network of seventeen Area Teams across Scotland ensures that geography is never a barrier to participation and ensures local schools are well supported.
On behalf of YES, Local Area Teams keep in contact with the schools in their area, arrange a range of events for young people and schools who wish to take part and work with local organisations to recruit Business Advisers to support the programme.
As a business person you could serve on one of our Local Area Teams working alongside representatives from your local Business and Education community. This is an opportunity to work with and support your local community and at the same time enhance your own network.
Business Advisers play a vital role in our Company Programme. Essentially, they help final year school pupils to set up and run their company, providing advice and expertise where appropriate. There can be a fine line between leading the students and enabling them to run things for themselves but with a larger time commitment expected; the working relationships built up with participants and therefore the rewards involved are often greater too. As a Business Adviser you would help pupils develop their skills and facilitate learning, be a sounding board for ideas and help motivate the team. You would also help them gain a practical understanding of how business really works.
Our Inventor’s Challenge is a fun enterprising day for primary school pupils where they get to use their imagination and creativity, work in a team and come up with their own inventions. Working in small groups the pupils make posters and design their inventions before showing them off to the rest of their class. Undoubtedly a fun day, one pupil even went as far to say that it was the “best day of school ever”. As a volunteer you will help the pupils work as a team, prepare their poster and presentation, assist with judging the entries and above all make it an enjoyable day for all involved.
"You can really get involved at a different level with the young people. I enjoyed working with the children and seeing their ideas. It was a truly rewarding and worthwhile experience. YES is a fantastic organisation, I was thoroughly impressed."
Elayne Graham, Inventor's Challenge Volunteer