Young Enterprise has lent its support to the government’s latest enterprise initiative, which aims to get people thinking about business at an early age.

The organisation claims that supporting enterprise within UK schools will help children carve out more successful careers for themselves in adulthood.

Devised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Enterprise Champions Programme will encourage schools to run their own businesses – giving pupils the chance to experience working life before they leave education.

John May, chief executive of Young Enterprise, said: “Young people who have had this experience are more passionate about their jobs, more successful in their careers, and twice as likely to start their own business as their peers.”

He added: “We believe that the enterprising spirit needs to be nurtured even from an early age.”

Ministers are also going to roll-out the in-school initiative Tenner Tycoon, which will be run by the Peter Jones Foundation.

1 Baynes, Chris. “Young Enterprise: ‘Enterprising spirit needs to be nurtured even from an early age'”. Adfero. Wednesday, March 30th 2011.

Posted by Cheryl Jackson-Leafield