At Young Enterprise NI, together with our volunteers we aim to provide Northern Ireland’s young people with the skills they need to be successful in education, employment and self-employment. Addressing skills such as teamwork, presentation skills, employability skills, organisational skills, leadership, decision making and communication skills Young Enterprise NI helps young people to acquire the attributes that employers consider vital in a new recruit.

We can’t do it without our volunteers

Young Enterprise NI is dedicated to helping young people get these crucial employability skills at an early stage in their lives so that they survive and prosper in our ever competitive economy. We rely on volunteers to educate, develop and inspire students from Primary to University level.  Our volunteers come from across the business community, providing students with a first hand understanding of the wide range of opportunities that are available to them in their career paths. This innovative approach is designed to kick-start our achievers’ entrepreneurial creativity, inspiring them to become future business leaders and igniting that spark that can lead to enterprise creation.

Seize the opportunity

We have volunteering opportunities to suit everyone. See below for a quick insight into each of our programme suites.

  • Primary Suite:  Usually delivered in 1 hour sessions over 5 weeks, but sometimes condensed into a half day session.  Programmes take place within schools. Programmes are tailored for P1-P7 classes with pupils aged 4-11.
  • Post-Primary Suite: These programmes are usually delivered in half-day or full day sessions at schools.  Designed for students in Year 8-14, aged between 11-18.
  • Company Suite: Your chance to become a Volunteer Business Advisor.  You will guide a student company as they develop and create a product, produce a business plan, sell to the public at Young enterprise NI Trade Fairs and enter the prestigious Company of the Year competition.  Usually involves attended weekly 1 hour sessions through the course of the academic year.  Available in formats designed for Primary, Post-Primary and University students as well as students with special educational and support needs.
  • Masterclass Suite:  Speak to students about your industry and the challenges you face in your sector in a full or half day session based either in a local school or community facility.  Masterclasses are available for a number of industry sectors including Digital, Food & Drink, Entrepreneurship and more.

Quality Volunteering

IiV TM smlThe United Kingdom Volunteering Forum and has recognised Young Enterprise NI with the Investing in Volunteers award.
Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.

This recognitions shows that Young Enterprise has benchmarked the quality of our volunteer management and involvement, proven and improved the effectiveness of our work with volunteers and enhanced our charity’s reputation through volunteering.

As a registered body with Access NI, we comply with their Code of Practice.

Keep in touch


We’d love to hear how you are getting on! You can share your volunteering experience on twitter @YE_NI using the hashtag #YEinspires.

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 Volunteer Policies


Volunteer Policy                                                                                                    Volunteer Complaints Process

Volunteer Policy on Recruitment of Ex Offenders                                              Volunteer Code of Conduct

Volunteer Health and Safety Policy                                                                    Policy for Dealing with Difficult Situations

Volunteer Equal Opportunities Policy                                                                 Volunteer Data Protection Policy