Last month young people from one of our Life transitions funded projects came into our offices with a fantastic selection of lunchtime treats. But the aim of their stall wasn’t just to stop our rumbling tummies, much more seriously the Glesga Taste team were in the middle of a big learning curve. Here teenager Emma Forster explains what it was all about.
“My name is Emma Forster, I’m 15, from Royston in Glasgow and I’m going into fifth year at St Roch’s Secondary School.
“This summer I took part in a 10 week scheme through Includem which I heard about after being involved with them before. We worked with the Young Enterprise YES programme, who taught us skills we can use at work and how to run our own business.
“There are five of us in the group and we’re from all different areas around Glasgow. Together we’ve learnt about basic business skills such as budgeting, branding and brainstorming. After our ten weeks’ training, we had to come up with a business idea to pitch to Includem.
“We came up with the name ‘Glesga Taste’ and we decided to sell Scottish cakes, biscuits, confectionary and a range of Gillian Kyle products to businesses in Glasgow.
“Our pitch went down well with Includem and they gave us the money to buy stock to sell at the Big Lottery Fund and KPMG. The idea was to donate any profits back to Includem so it can be used to fund other business ideas.
“Both sales days went really well and we made just over £275 profit.
“It was great for me as I’d like to become an accountant in the future so to be able to go to KMPG was really good. As well as learning business skills, it has been a lot of fun working with new people from around the city and I’d definitely recommend the scheme to others.”
Includem works with society’s most troubled and vulnerable young people, helping when they are most at risk. The charity finds ways of engaging with young people to show them that life holds more opportunities than they realise.
Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) supports young people aged 5-25 across Scotland. It provides training and practical learning experiences to young people of all backgrounds. Their Big Lottery Fund supported Optimise – Developing Young People skills for their future project was awarded a grant of £845,100 and included the Mean Business Model allowing young people to design, set up run and operate a business.