Monday 20 July 2015
Would be mentors and sponsors are being called on to make a difference in the life of a young person by attending the launch of a coaching program for young entrepreneurs.
The Net Gen youth opportunities project is a 12 week program aimed at guiding the next generation of ideas and business people with a foundation for success.
The program is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services as part of their Youth Opportunities initiative. The program’s launch day will be held next week to welcome aboard mentors and sponsors interested in contributing to the project.
Council’s Manager of Community Culture and Information, Simon Schweitzer said the launch day will include an information session for people who want to get involved.
“This is a program about turning a problem into an opportunity,” he said.
“Government figures show that in regional areas there is high rate of young people having difficulties in transitioning from school to further education or employment.
“This problem is compounded by many school leavers choosing to leave the area which leaves an ageing population and a growing skills shortage to provide the services needed on a local level.
“However, we can stem the flow of young people and skills from our community if we choose to invest in 15-17 year old students interested entering the business world.
“By providing a toolkit to grow their ideas and invest in their home communities we are laying the groundwork for building skills, confidence and generating business opportunities within the Shire.
“The Net Gen project is aimed at growing these opportunities through providing a 12 week program for young people who have the potential to be entrepreneurs.
“We will seed future business ideas by helping with skills such as pitching ideas to audiences, defining problems and connecting participants with local enterprises.
“Students will undertake units of competency in the Certificate II Business Studies Program, and fostering innovation and open communication within the workplace will be a core element of the program.
“The project is now at the stage where mentors and sponsors are invited to contribute.
“Their roles are vital for the ongoing success of the project. We need people willing to volunteer for one hour per fortnight to work one-on-one with a student.
“We are looking for support in the form of sponsorship to allow for the best speakers to be booked and paid to train our young people.
“Businesses can also contribute by offering their experience in local trading as a valuable educational tool for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
“If you are interested in helping to build this vital project, then please come to the project launch to help us build business sustainability within the Shire,” Mr Schweitzer said.
The Net Gen project launch will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday 28 July at the Bega Youth Space.
Light refreshments will be provided, and please RSVP by 5pm on Friday 24 July.
Net Gen is a joint project managed by Bega Valley Shire Council, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, and Community Training Partnerships.
For more information call Bega Valley Shire Council on 6499 2222.