International law firm CMS has partnered with Young Enterprise (YE) Scotland with the aim of extending enterprise and financial education across Scotland’s schools and colleges.

YE Scotland is a charity dedicated to supporting young people from all backgrounds in developing their business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills, and ultimately becoming more employable.

Under a joint arrangement, CMS will provide pro bono legal support to YE Scotland. CMS will also explore ways it can contribute to the charity’s SCQF-accredited Company Programme, which challenges senior phase pupils to set up and run their own businesses, as well as the Circular Economy Challenge, which tasks primary school students with tackling climate change.

Emily Catterwell, CMS senior responsible Business & Social Impact manager, commented: “YE Scotland is currently making an impressive impact and we’re proud to help it to further build on these achievements, initially by providing free of charge legal services and business advice. We also intend to offer wider, meaningful support, through volunteering and resources, to help deliver and expand its excellent enterprise programmes.

“We share many of the same goals and aspirations as YE Scotland. In particular, we both want to build on the COP26 legacy where there’s genuine excitement about what we can achieve by promoting climate action through enterprise and a more entrepreneurial mindset amongst Scotland’s young people.”

Geoff Leask, CEO of YE Scotland, adde d: “Enterprise education is increasingly acknowledged as having an essential role to play helping young people reach their potential. It also has a pivotal role in Scotland’s economic future. Through working with CMS, we are confident that we can reach more schools, more colleges and more young people who can benefit from learning the skills of entrepreneurship.”