Enterprise opportunity for young people

Lifestyle / Tue 1st Jul 2014 pm31 03:42pm

BUILDING on the success of last year’s courses, Harlow Council is again working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to offer a free opportunity to young people looking to go self-employed or start a business by taking part in The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme which will help create future entrepreneurs.

Aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds who are 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.

Harlow resident Liberty Chinoda (28), aspired to set up his own hair and cosmetics business; but after looking at everything that was involved he needed the confidence to know it was right for him and support in taking the final steps towards setting it up. Liberty attended the course and received mentoring through The Prince’s Trust which led him to taking on a lease at Bush Fair Service Bays and opening Wave Hair & Cosmetics in May 2014.

Liberty said: “I’ve wanted to set up my own business for a while but wasn’t sure if it was right for me. The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme gave me the confidence and encouragement to know that it was what I wanted to do and that I can do it.

“The support I received from my mentor was exactly what I needed and has helped me along every step to opening up my own business.”

The programme provides an excellent platform for young people who may 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 70% of businesses in Harlow employ fewer than 10 employees and the job market for young people can be difficult.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise, said: “The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme is an excellent opportunity for our young people.

“The job market is still tough and becoming self-employed or setting up a business presents a range of opportunities allowing young people to be their own boss, do something they are interested in and passionate about, whilst making money.”

If you are considering self-employment, have a business idea or would just like to find out what is involved in setting up a business, The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme is an excellent place to start. If you would like to book or to find out more information about the next course in Harlow, which runs from 15-18 July 2014, visit: www.harlow.gov.uk/princes-trust-ep

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