Business volunteers sought to inspire next generation

Help inspire the next generation of enterprising young people.

That's the message from Young Enterprise (YE) which is looking for 150 business volunteers to take part in its new programme of activities, starting this autumn in Dorset.

Anyone - from Managing Director/Chief Executive to apprentice - is invited to volunteer.

They'll have the opportunity to pass on their business skills and experience to school pupils taking part in YE's employability and company programmes.

Hannah Cook, Area Manager, said: "Our volunteers get huge satisfaction from helping young people improve their employability skills, from brushing up their CV skills to handling a job interview.

“All we ask is volunteers bring enthusiasm and a little time. It’s unpaid but very worthwhile and rewarding”

Chartered accountants and business advisers Princecroft Willis (PcW) have been involved with Young Enterprise for more than five years.

Partner James Robinson has worked closely with St Aldhelm's School and Poole High School, providing pupils with help and guidance on making their way in the world of work.

He now sits on the Dorset Support Board and is also a judge for YE's annual company programme where students set up and run a real firm for a year under the guidance of a business volunteer.

"While the students definitely get something out of their involvement with real businesses, we also get a lot out of it as a firm and not just because we're putting something back into the community," said James.

"It's a very good way of bringing on younger members of the team as well as showing that accountants can be very different from the stereotypical image."

A registered charity, Young Enterprise receives funding from a number of sources including the Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council and Bournemouth University.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Hannah at


Inspirational advice:

Princecroft Willis Partner James Robinson with Hannah Cook, Area Manager, Young Enterprise.


Princecroft Willis' Dan Tout (back left) and James Robinson (right) with Hannah Cook, Young Enterprise Area Manager, and students taking part in a Dragons Den event.


13 August 2014