Working with your Business


How we can work together

We are proud to have worked with 100s of companies from around the world offering young people an insight into local, national and global business.

Through our innovative approach to learning, businesses and industries can engage with young people and play a supporting role in shaping the future generation of workers. This relationship with young people can also benefit your company in the following ways:

  • Find your future talent
  • Marketing and PR opportunities
  • Achieving CSR objectives
  • Educating your future workforce
  • Professional development for your own workforce through volunteering
  • Giving back to the community
Skills to Shine can tailor make a challenge which is specific for your business, or you can help sponsor one of our generic business and enterprise challenges. Depending on the level of sponsorship we receive, we offer free or subsidised rates to the young people and schools.

Tailor Made Business Challenges


Ford Aerospace: Working alongside experienced engineers, young people were challenged to design a manufacturing process for building a KNEX car. They learned about workflow, lean processing, quality control and health and safety. This gave the young people a great insight into the manufacturing industry.


Sainsbury: Our ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ business challenge was to design and create sustainable packaging for Sainsbury’s new tea range.


Bernicia Homes: Young people were given the unique opportunity to design social housing, learning about town planning, housing design and landscape architecture.


Pizza Express: We have worked with Pizza Express in the UK and the Middle East offering an insight into the catering and hospitality industry. Young people were challenged to run their own restaurant after gaining hands-on experience from trained professionals.


Ernest Jones: A group of young people were given a special tour around Ernest Jones which helped them generate inspirational ideas for their own jewellery business. Ernest Jones really helped to support the young people by answering all questions and giving business tips.


Nando's: We got the unique opportunity to experience what it feels like to work for Nando’s from working in the behind the scenes kitchen preparing the chicken to then working front of house before taking customers’ orders and sending the order to the grill. The young people were then challenged to create their own hospitality business after gaining hands-on experience from professionals.


BBC: The BBC, both in the UK and abroad have opened their doors to us, teaching young people about jobs and careers in the media industry with their fun, interactive tours. The young people were challenged to create and record their own radio show which was then broadcast live on the radio.


Newcastle University: The Marine Engineering department supported young people in designing and making cargo ships which were later tested in the towing tank in their hydrodynamic lab.


NatWest: Sponsoring 100 young people each year try their hand at setting up their own mini businesses giving them the Skills and Experiences to make self employment a reality.


DFDS Seaways: Tourism is at the heart of their business and they sponsored the young people to design and create tourism material about the local area.


Davenports: We have worked with Davenports a local business which is home of creative artisan chocolates. Young people were challenged to make their own products based around chocolate after their visit which they would later sell on their own stall.


Thorntons: We have worked with Thornton's many times and each time they have delivered an amazing chocolate tasting workshop to a group of young people. Thornton's really inspire young people with their business story.


Theatre Royal: We have worked with the Theatre Royal many times and every time they deliver a fantastic workshop to the young people helping them gain hands on experience whilst working with professionals to build on their confidence.

The Business and Enterprise Challenge


Each year 1000s of young people take part in Make Money Grow enterprise challenges. Whether they have made their Pound, Euro or Dirham grow they have all done it with support from businesses. By creating their own mini business, the young people learn about the world of work and gain skills, knowledge and experiences which can give them an edge amongst the future workforce.