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Business and Education Engagement

The Issue

One of our key objectives is getting young people interested in business and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. We want to see more business leaders developing close links with their local schools and colleges.

The benefits are clear, not only for students but also firms that engage with school can provide a valuable future recruitment channel. We believe Government can do more to encourage co-operation and embed business and enterprise within the education system.

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re encouraging our members to get involved with schools and engage in the education system, for instance by offering work experience or becoming a school governor.
  • We’re campaigning for schools to promote vocational career paths alongside academic study. We want a focus on employability skills, by calling for changes to the Ofsted inspection framework.
  • We’re lobbying Government to guarantee young people access to high-quality careers education and guidance from an early age.
  • We’re supporting the charity Young Enterprise in its efforts to build a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Our Goal

To deliver a productive and adaptable workforce, the education system needs to do far more to support vocational learning alongside academic routes. We want the Government to ingrain business and enterprise learning within the curriculum. Work-experience, inspiring careers guidance and regular contact with local businesses, will help more pupils acquire the skills they need to be workforce ready. It should also inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to give business a go. 

“We can’t all be X Factor winners, nuclear scientists and teachers. Somebody has to cook or replace light bulbs. At the moment, the opportunities for youngsters who don’t go down the university route are limited” FSB Member.

Achievements in...



  • We helped shape Lord Young’s “Enterprise for All” report which outlined a number of ways to improve business education and employability skills among young people.
  • We’re working closely with the Government’s Careers and Enterprise Company to embed business and enterprise engagement in schools, colleges and universities.

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  • We published a first of its kind report exploring Scotland could transform small business engagement in schools
  • FSB Scotland continues to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Developing Young Workforce agenda.
  • We celebrate the contribution small businesses make in their local schools.
  • We have developed materials to make it easier and simpler for small business to engage with schools including a template letter 
  • FSB Scotland continue to work with our official charity, Young Enterprise Scotland, to promote enterprise education for all pupils.
  • We work to identify, develop and disseminate case studies of successful school-business engagement.
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