The Young Entrepreneur Business Skills Day kicked-off on 20 March 2018 at Lithgow Tafe with over 20 local young people in attendance.
The FRANK Team, a leading training organisation based in Sydney, worked with young people from Lithgow to cover a number of entrepreneurship concepts, including, but not limited to, ideation, business model canvas, pitching, problem solving, marketing, revenue building and cost structure.
“The workshops were delivered in a competition format where participants worked in teams to learn entrepreneurship concepts and have a chance to practice elements like pitching,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Stephen Lesslie. “The hands-on aspect
of the workshops proved popular with the young people who were highly engaged and open to learning new skills,” said the Mayor.
During the ideation session, the FRANK Team worked with participants to help them further develop and refine their business ideas. Participants worked in teams and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, some of which include:
- A start-up that works to support young people who have no qualifications or employment to find a pathway into a rewarding career.
- A group that targets and leverages the strengths and assets of the community to eradicate youth homelessness in Lithgow.
- An enterprise that combines mental health and wellbeing initiatives with sporting and recreational activities to support young people in diverse and meaningful ways.
- A youth driven volunteer workshop and peer support group to help young people that are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
- Working with young people in fun and creative ways to help them identify their passions and learn how to turn their hobbies into business opportunities.
“The FRANK Team and Council staff were extremely impressed with the participants’ social enterprise ideas and their community consciousness. It’s always so inspiring hearing from young people, their ideas, and how we can do things better. Learning works both ways,” concluded the Mayor.
The Young Entrepreneur Business Skill Day was the fourth business workshop offered as part of the Future Finders program. Previously, Council rolled out 3 short courses in February that were run by the Business Enterprise Centre. Four young people took part in the short courses and covered topics in relation to getting started, brand and design and going digital.
The Future Finders program will continue throughout 2018 with the next lot of short courses set to be held in April and May. Topics that will be covered include goal setting, customer service, presentation skills and time management. To register for any of these free business workshops for young people please visit Council’s website at https://council.lithgow.com/youth/future-finders/, or contact Kristy Lenon or Viktoria Gulabovski on 6354 9999.