Wanted: Young Entrepreneurs

Many of the newly unemployed in Scotland are between the ages of 18 and 24, opening up the door for these young adults to start businesses of their own, reports The Press Association.

Sir Brian called for urgent action to tackle employability and close the skills gap.

The Scottish entrepreneur said: “Entrepreneurs are the engine room of the economy and crucial to a sustained recovery. Without question, we have people with potential in our own country, but I think more needs to be done at an earlier stage to nurture new business talent in the education system.

“Too much emphasis is placed on academic achievement and not enough on encouraging new ideas and enterprise. We need to change that. We need to help young people become more employable and develop the practical skills that can make a difference between a slide into benefit dependency and a ladder to economic opportunity.”

He was speaking as Stagecoach announced a new three-year partnership with businessdynamics, part of the Enterprise Education Trust, to help change youngsters’ perception of business, and build their skills and confidence. It will help fund practical business awareness courses for young people as they prepare to enter the worlds of work and further education.

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