Council and Princes Trust give help to young dragons

princesHARLOW Council is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to offer a free opportunity to 18- to 30-year-olds to take part in The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme which will help create future entrepreneurs.

Aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds either unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week, the programme offers training, mentoring and potential access to finance to allow individuals to explore and decide if self-employment or setting up a business is right for them. It also helps guide them through the steps of taking their business ideas and making them a reality, and provides them with skills and knowledge necessary to succeed.

The programme provides an excellent platform to those young people who feel that employment is the only career option available and who do not consider self-employment as a real opportunity to further their career. On average 82% of businesses in Harlow employ fewer than 10 employees and with job vacancies being widely sought after within a competitive market, relying on employment is becoming increasingly difficult.

Cllr Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Enterprise said “Harlow has led the way nationally for business start-ups by creating an environment which supports residents into going it alone and becoming self-employed and setting up in business.

“This is no different for our young people and this programme will equip them with the skills, knowledge and support to become an entrepreneur and take control of their future career.”

An introductory session will be held on Thursday 5th September 2013, providing more information on how the programme can help turn an idea into a reality.

For more information visit www.harlow.gov.uk/enterprise-programme or to book a place on the introductory session please contact Amy Pretty by emailing amy.pretty@harlow.gov.uk or calling 01279 446487.

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