The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has chosen Young Enterprise as its official charity to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and to bridge the skills gap between young people and business.
Young Enterprise research, launched today, finds nine in ten (92 per cent) senior UK managers would like enterprise education to be included in the national curriculum to help reduce the toll of one million young unemployed.
The FSB wants to see more schools involved with local businesses and focusing on enterprise education for their students.
The FSB is working with Young Enterprise to help them reach their target of being in 50 per cent of all secondary schools by 2015.
Together the FSB and Young Enterprise will help to make young people more aware of the business world and its valuable contribution to the economy.
Furthermore, the partnership aims to improve the employability skills of young people, something businesses say is needed.
Throughout its regions, the FSB already has strong partnerships.
The three-year programme will help make this relationship stronger and open up the Young Enterprise opportunity, across the UK, to inspire the next generation.
Gordon Millward, regional chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said:
“By joining forces with Young Enterprise, we will contribute to their mission “to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.
“Through financial resources, volunteers, communications and projects, this relationship will help take these incredible programmes into more schools up and down the country.
“Our members will benefit too – investing in young people and developing their employability skills and interest in entrepreneurship is in our interest.”
Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise chief executive, said:
“I am delighted the Federation of Small Businesses has chosen Young Enterprise as its official charity for the next three years.
“We share the FSB’s optimism and excitement about what we can do together.
“The FSB is a powerful ally and we would like to challenge the organisation to help us reach our goal of being in 50 per cent of secondary schools by 2015.
“The young people we work with will benefit enormously from the support of FSB volunteers acting as enterprising role models.
“They will inject a new spirit of enterprise into our work and help ensure the new generation of young people is much better prepared to face the challenges of starting their working lives.”