Unfortunately, it's often young people who suffer most during tough economic times

With more than a fifth of young people unemployed, it's vital they have the chance to learn the business and entrepreneurial skills that will give them an edge in our competitive job market. We’re giving them that opportunity.

Giving disadvantaged young people enterprise skills

Getting a job is harder than ever for young people at the moment. More than a fifth of 16- to 24-year-olds are unemployed. This doesn’t just mean a lack of cash. Unemployed young people are much less happy with their friendships, family life and health, according to a Prince’s Trust report. One in 10 turns to alcohol or drugs. Young unemployed people are more likely to commit crime too.

Our Enterprising Ambition programme is helping disadvantaged young people break out of this vicious cycle. We’re helping them build the skills they need to find work and to start up businesses themselves.

Enterprise Ambition will see young people supported through the different stages of developing business ideas using innovative technology. The scheme is being funded through the RBS Inspiring Enterprise initiative and was piloted from January 2012 before being rolled out nationally. The most promising business ideas and plans will receive business mentoring and access to small start-up loans to bring their ideas to reality.

Supporting our programme is Lizzie Magee, who was a finalist on the BBC’s Young Apprentice show, working with Lord Alan Sugar. Lizzie is helping to shape the programme, working with other young people and partners.

Lizzie says: "I was very excited when approached to be involved with Ambition.

"This fantastic organisation strives to better the everyday lives and futures of young people, who in the current economic climate can be argued to have been given the brunt of the cuts, with rising tuition fees putting many off the idea of university and the abolition of EMA putting many off the idea of further education altogether.

"The enterprise skills they learn are vital for their future and entry into the workplace. It is nice to know someone is thinking of young people and I am so proud to be a part of it."

Find out how our latest enterprise event went here.


Ambition is excited to be entering into a new partnership with fivesquids, the UK’s leading micro-jobbing website that lets people have fun while earning money from their skills.

We're currently running a great viral video competition open exclusively to young people in our network, which could bag them £500.

The competition closes on Friday 7 March.


Ambition supports an annual national awards competition run by our partner, PhoneBrain.

To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2014, young people at youth clubs and community projects got creative to help others manage costs on their mobiles, smartphones and tablets. Find out how they got on here.



70% said their youth club had increased their participation in sports

90 years on and young people are still supported by Ambition

3500 youth clubs and youth projects supported by our members

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