Help young people start and manage their own businesses

Learning support / Mentoring volunteers needed for Young Enterprise (Reading)

Are you able to support a group of 16-17 year olds as they spend a year setting up their own business?

In the Young Enterprise scheme real trading companies are created and operated over one academic year by a team of students. The students create a business idea, elect a board of directors, raise share capital and develop, market and sell their product or service within school and to the general public. At the end of the year they then liquidate the company and make decisions about the allocation of any profit.

Through the running of their companies, students have the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge of business and to develop important skills that will improve their employability, together with providing vital evidence for college or university applications.

Young Enterprise provides a legal framework for each company, together with full insurance and free business banking from HSBC. The company is also offered the opportunity to take part in the ‘Company of the Year’ competition which operates at area, county, regional and national levels from April to June.

Each Young Enterprise company needs a volunteer business adviser. The main function of the adviser is to act as a mentor to the members of the company by encouraging and supporting the company members. As a business adviser you would be asked to attend a 1 hour weekly board meeting held at school.

Business advisers supporting our one-day programmes are asked to help out at a school for the day, typically 9.00 am – 3.30 pm.
Business advisers are a source of knowledge, a motivator and consultant. They are role models for the students. Our volunteers have experience which cuts across every sector of the economy. They are in employment, entrepreneurs, stay at home parents, on a career break or retired. They have one thing in common – a desire to pass on their skills and experience of business to inspire the next generation.

Contact person firstname
Contact person's position
Reading Young Enterprise Area Chairman
Their phone number?
07747 764845
Contact instructions?
Please email Chris Ashworth for further details

Location description
The project will take place in schools in the Reading area
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
As a volunteer business advisor you would attend a 1 hour student board meeting each week, during the school terms.
Task type?
Learning support / Mentoring
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a regular scheduleBusiness orientatedSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
An introduction to Young Enterprise will be provided along with a kick-off session for all of our advisers and school teachers. Seminars are provided on key areas for the students through the year, and an area board is in place to provide support.
Is support given?
Description of support
Kick-off meeting, seminars for students and an experienced area board (including former business advisers).
Are expenses paid?
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?