About Us

Young Enterprise Northern Ireland is a charity developing the entrepreneurial skills and aspirations of young people aged four to 25 to prepare them for the new economy.

We develop the skills of young people to ensure they leave education prepared for life and work.

Working in partnership with education and business we engage with 100,000 young people each year.  With support from the Department of Education our programmes address the skills development requirements of the Northern Ireland curriculum.

Our methodology has been recognised by EU research as the best practice approach to developing entrepreneurial skills in young people.

We know from our research that Young Enterprise education programmes work:

  • 90% of teachers agree that taking part increase self-awareness in participants’ own capabilities and potential*
  • 94% of teachers agree that taking part raised awareness of participants’ own strengths and weaknesses*
  • Students who take part in multiple enterprise education activities are 5 times less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training)**

All of our programmes deliver employability skills as part of our Learner Development Journey. A recent survey conducted for Young Enterprise by Opinium found that 70% of employers have difficulty finding good quality applicants for entry level jobs.

Our programmes support teachers and lecturers to ensure that students leave education prepared for life and for work.

We are an active member of the Junior Achievement Worldwide family of charities and a member of Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Europe.

Young Enterprise Northern Ireland is a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. NI32769) and a Charity registered with Inland Revenue (No. XR21328).

Explore our work in your local area

Young enterprise works in all areas of Northern Ireland.  Our work is managed locally between our six operational areas each with its own dedicated team and Local Area Board.  For more information on each area click the map below.

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*Evaluation of Company Programme participant and teachers 2013/14
** Education and Employers Taskforce (2012) ‘It’s who you meet’