Man on a Mission: Pete McLean wants to help Edinburgh’s next generation of young entrepreneurs.
Our very own Business Adviser, Peter McLean, has been appointed to head up the Young Enterprise Scotland team in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The role will see him drive forward the charity’s mission to give all local school children access to enterprise learning.
As Chair of the volunteer group, Pete will co-ordinate efforts to introduce more schools and more students to entrepreneurial skills development through the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Company Programme.
With his team of business advisers, as well as fundraising and organising events, the role includes working directly with senior school students who set up their own commercial ventures as part of the Company Programme.
Last year, more than 300 students across Scotland achieved an SCQF level six accredited qualification for the Company Programme, which is recognised by UCAS for university entry.
Many sixth formers take the experience of the Company Programme further by setting up their own businesses outside school, while for others, the skills for team working, communication and making ideas a reality provide them with a competitive advantage in the jobs market.
In 2019/20, the Edinburgh & Lothians Area Team helped to inspire nearly 300 students and supported 32 YES companies to go through the Company Programme.
Having taken part in the Company Programme himself while at school, Pete has been involved with YES for over two decades. A successful serial entrepreneur in his own right, he now acts as a business growth adviser with our Bright Red Triangle team at Edinburgh Napier, where he helps students, staff and alumni grow and launch businesses.
“I have been involved with Young Enterprise for over 20 years, from being part of a team at School, judging, running workshops, a local Board member and now Lothians Chair. I am passionate about enterprise for all at every age but especially in education and look forward to helping Young Enterprise achieve its goals.
“I launched my own food and drinks business whilst at University and grew it to 36 staff over 13 years. There were many highlights over the years, but an equal number of failures and lessons learnt. It is these valuable lessons that has led to my current role as Business Growth Adviser at Edinburgh Napier University. I have a passion for the start-up community and hope that in my new role with YES I can steer others down this path and achieve their goals.”
Young Enterprise Scotland has been inspiring and equipping young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise since 1992. Every year the charity supports around 16,000 young people, from all backgrounds, develop their business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and ultimately become more employable.
The dedicated and passionate team of staff are supported by over 600 volunteers from the business community to help them to realise their vision for Scotland to be a place where all young people should be given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life – no matter where they start their journey.