In a show of support for the rising business talent here in Northern Ireland around 60 businesses have joined forces to back the enterprise education charity Young Enterprise. They are part of the Business Backers campaign which has been recently launched to give young entrepreneurs a greater chance of succeeding in the business world. Young Enterprise works with the next bunch of entrepreneurs every day in classrooms across Northern Ireland to help them develop their self confidence and their entrepreneurial skills.
We Need A Skilled Workforce To Drive The Economy
This is a laudable initiative and Carol Fitzsimons MBE, chief executive of Young Enterprise, is quoted in an article on the northernirelandworld website as saying that:
“Business is pushing to further develop the Northern Ireland economy and needs a skilled future workforce. By becoming a Business Backer, these businesses support our mission to develop skills and publicly demonstrate their investment and belief in young people.”
This enterprise helps over 90,000 young people per year and Jordan Graham of Sugar Snap is one Young Enterprise Business Backers who has experienced the benefits of joining the scheme. He is quoted in the same above article as saying:
“Finding that philanthropic outlet would really suit anyone in the business world. Young Enterprise is a really good option for that because you can directly support young entrepreneurs in what they’re doing”
Jordan also believes that the Business Backer programme doesn’t just advantage the young people it involves. He said: “To teach entrepreneurship and enterprise skills is for the benefit of the whole business community.”
Young People’s Enthusiasm Is Amazing To See
Finally Rachel McMillan of Belfast based company Clockwise is also quoted as saying:
“I have to say that the confidence that comes through from the young people, the enthusiasm, it’s just so amazing to see, and the work that Young Enterprise does is so valuable for young people’s futures.
“It’s so important that companies get behind this campaign, to invest in young people’s futures because they will drive the economy forward in the future as well.”
It is lovely to see so many businesses in the country uniting to help the next generation of budding entrepreneurs. There is no doubt that these types of initiatives can be the difference between success and failure for many of these young people. These are the people who will hopefully be driving forward the economy for many years to come.