A CHARITY that develops young people’s business skills is urging residents of Clydebank to help it win a share of a £1million funding pot.

Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) has been placed on the shortlist to scoop £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000.

The event is being organised by Persimmon Homes (Scotland) who have put the cash up for grabs, with awards being paid out to those charities who can secure the most online votes.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in October.

The event is open to UK charities who support young people under the age of 18.

Young Enterprise is up against other charities from across the UK, so they are desperate to secure as many votes as possible.

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

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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.”

To vote, visit persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/finalists.

Voting closes on September 27.