Commission into young people and enterprise: what’s your view?

9 Jun 2014

An independent commission into young people and enterprise recently launched by the National Youth Agency and A4e is inviting the views of business people, youth workers and young people.

The commission has been established to explore the opportunities, challenges and support needs of young people in setting up a business. It is being chaired by former Minister Chloe Smith MP with cross-party support.

In order to gather the evidence, the commission will conduct interviews, site visits and formal evidence-gathering sessions. To give a voice to as many stakeholders as possible, a short survey has also been developed, designed to capture the views and experiences of anyone with an interest in this field, particularly the business community, those who work with young people, and young people themselves.

The survey can be accessed here:

This survey does not aim to cover all of the commission’s lines of enquiry, but is designed to capture views on selected areas and supplement the commission’s additional evidence gathering activities.

The commission into young people and enterprise aims to examine barriers that hold back young people’s success including fear of failure, finance and unemployment, and existing support mechanisms. The commissioners will also look at how we can encourage young people aged 16-24 years to develop key ‘enterprise skills’, such as resilience, tenacity and self-confidence, and how youth work can play a role in achieving this, as well as wider conclusions for skills, employment and value to society.

The commission comprises:

Chloe Smith MP, chair

Lord Mike Storey

Baroness King of Bow

Sally Orlopp, A4e Director for Enterprise

Michael Bracey, Assistant Director Education & Participation, Milton Keynes

Seyi Obakin, Centrepoint, Chief Executive and UKCES Skills Champion

James Adeleke, Generation Success, Managing Director

Graham Sykes, Fourteen19, Managing Director

Davina Tanner, Intu Chapelfield, General Manager.