YOUNG Enterprise Scotland has hailed significant grant funding to help establish its enterprise learning programmes within all Scotland’s primary and secondary schools and support young people through the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The grant of £100,000 from Barclays’ £100 million Community Aid Package will enable YES to expand its programmes into 30 secondary and 150 primary schools in areas of highest deprivation, reaching over 2,500 young people whose schooling will have been impacted most by the pandemic.

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The funding will secure three new roles in the charity and support its five-year strategy commitment to embed entrepreneurial skills teaching into mainstream education. Geoff Leask, YES chief executive, said: “This is a tremendous endorsement of the power and the need for enterprise learning in our schools and we are very grateful to Barclays for the vision they have showed through this grant. There has never been a greater long-term need to ensure that our young people gain a deep-rooted enterprise mindset and are taught entrepreneurial skills.”