A charity that develops young people's business skills is urging supporters in Scotland to help it win a share of a £1million funding pot supporting under 18s.

Persimmon Homes (Scotland) has placed Young Enterprise on the shortlist to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to UK charities securing the most online votes.

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If the charity succeeds in securing enough votes, the new funding will be invested in a new team initiative aimed at students across Scotland with mild to moderate learning difficulties requiring some additional support.

Geoff Leask, chief executive of YES, said: “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.

“If we win, we want to introduce a new team programme in Scotland which is similar to our existing Company Programme, but this one will provide an enterprise journey for students who have mild to moderate learning difficulties and require some additional support.

“It will enable us to aid young people’s transition from education into independent living and employment, by helping them gain confidence and life skills through working as a team to set up and run an enterprise”.

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Voting is open now and closes at midnight on September 27.

To find out about all the finalists and to vote, click here.