Encouraging the entrepreneurs of the future is the aim of a new initiative coming to Woolgoolga High School and supported by Council and 6 Degrees Woolgoolga.
The Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) initiative has been developed by local company, HR Werx, and will initially involve around 20 Year 10 students.
“Council is an innovator and major supporter of local entrepreneurs and start-ups through its award-winning 6 Degrees project. With the world of work evolving so rapidly it makes a great deal of sense to be equipping our youth with the skills to turn their own ideas into business start-ups as soon as possible,” said Stephen Saunders, Council’s Section Leader Industry and Destination Development.
“We’re proud to be a part of the Youth Entrepreneur Program.”
The Year 10 students will participate in educational workshops where they will learn how to take an idea, establish a business and take a product to the market.
Successful local employers will mentor the students to give them the benefit of direct experience in learning how to innovate, think strategically and problem-solve.
On completion of the course, students will:
- Have an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship;
- Be equipped to create and implement ideas in a business framework;
- Be able to consider opportunities from an entrepreneur’s point of view; and
- Network with local leading entrepreneurs.
The course will run for 20 weeks over two terms and will be delivered at the 6 Degrees Co-working Hub in Queen Street, Woolgoolga.
“Not only will the students gain vital skills and a fresh horizon in that time, but they will also create closer links with the local community and its employment landscape,” added Mr Saunders.
Woolgoolga High School and the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce are also key stakeholders in the Youth Entrepreneur Program.