Farnborough Hill offers students in Years 10 and 12 the opportunity to take part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme. This enables participants to experience what it is like to set up and run a student company.
Running throughout one academic year, students make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs. Often companies have around 15 members but can include as many as 25 students per company and they are covered by Young Enterprise Public Liability Insurance.
All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are provided to help manage the company. The teams track their own progress using self-assessment tools and even compete against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.
Farnborough Hill have a proven track record of success in the Young Enterprise Company of the Year competition and students relish the opportunity to demonstrate and harness their teamwork, problem solving and communication skills. Young Enterprise encourages students to adopt a ‘can do’ attitude and appreciate that they are ‘learning by doing’.
Young Enterprise is run as a weekly extracurricular club during the lunch break. A working lunch allows students to discuss their agenda, review progress, make decisions and document actions moving forward. It is coordinated at Farnborough Hill by Miss Lucy Miller, Dr Andrew Tytko and Mr Simon Haddock in St Anthony's (our Business Studies and Economics Department).