The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce run the Young Enterprise Scheme in order to support the future young entrepreneurs of South Canterbury.

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), with The Lion Foundation as principal supporter, is administered in New Zealand by the Enterprise New Zealand Trust. 

The scheme is a one year experiential business programme for young people, teachers and business people. Senior secondary school students form a company, become directors and develop products and services, which they market and sell. They implement a business plan, complete an annual report and make real profit or loss.

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YES is school based and teaches skills in budgeting, planning, interpersonal relations, decision making, reporting, communications, risk management and teamwork. 

Yes is available in all secondary schools and in 2016 approximately 40 students took part in the Young enterprise Scheme across the district.

Young Enterprisers: 

  • Add value to school based knowledge
  • Learn how to run a business
  • Learn value of being enterprising
  • Develop a "can do" attitude
  • Learn to take and manage risks

E-DAY - March 2, 2017

The first event of the regional calendar for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme will be Enterprise Day (E-day), March 2, 2017, students will work in their company teams, get feedback from business coaches and meet their regional coordinator and the other YES students in the South Canterbury region. The event is designed to familiarise students with the programme and to set them in the right direction.

One of the most popular sessions of the day for students is the ‘speed business coaching’. Business people come in and move around the various company groups, spending around 5-10 minutes with as many groups as possible over a short period of time. The advice and feedback given is extremely valuable as the students set up their own businesses.

Contact Janet HogAn, Training and Business Excellence Awards Manager janet@scchamber.org.nz or 03 555 5091