YES students learning on the job

Published: 03 August 2015
Filed under: General news

Auckland’s future business leaders and entrepreneurs will be continuing their on-the-job education as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) this weekend, demonstrating and selling innovative products and services at the annual Auckland YES Trade Fair.

The trade fair is a free event taking place at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane from 10am-4pm on Saturday, 8 August.

YES – which involves students forming teams to come up with a real-life business product or service, and running their business for a year – is delivered across the Auckland region by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Around 100 teams will be demonstrating and selling the goods and services they have created through YES at the trade fair, ranging from recycled furniture and robot making classes to boxed herbal teas and yogurt made from almond milk. T

his year, more than 1,400 students from 52 Auckland schools are taking part in YES, forming more than 180 small enterprises. YES students have had mentoring from their teachers and members of Auckland’s business community, and taken part in a Dragon’s Den type pitch event.

Patrick McVeigh, ATEED General Manager Business, Innovation & Skills, says YES is an important initiative to help develop a skilled workforce for Auckland.

“YES offers students a hands-on experience in how to set up a company, create and sell real products and services through events like the annual Trade Fair, and make real profit or loss.

“It develops the sort of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking that will play a vital role in transforming and growing Auckland’s economy,” says Patrick McVeigh.

Auckland regional YES winners will be announced in October, before national winners are announced in December.

Auckland schools have a strong track record in the YES national competition, winning the national title in 2012 and 2013. Last year’s Auckland Central regional champions, Nude Water from St Cuthbert’s School, were runner up for the 2014 national title, while Bizz Broz from Pakuranga College (joint Auckland South champions) came third.


Notes to editor:

  • The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is the flagship programme of the Young Enterprise Trust and has been running in New Zealand schools since 1981. 
  • YES is delivered to year 12 and 13 students in the Auckland region by ATEED on behalf of the Young Enterprise Trust, giving them the chance to set up and run their own business for a year.
  • YES teams from across the Auckland region will be taking part in the Trade Fair. • Media interviews can be arranged with participating Auckland teams via ATEED.
  • ASB Showgrounds is located at 217 Green Lane West, Greenlane, Auckland 1051.

For further information please contact:
Duncan Croft
Senior Communications Advisor, ATEED
Ph 021 827 046