Youth Week is again descending on the Hunter, and entrepreneurship facilitator Cheryl Royle has urged young adults to attend a planned two day boot camp.
The free event – the Hunter Futurepreneurs program – will focus on entrepreneurial mindsets, and is geared towards those breaking into the world of business between the ages of 18 and 30.
There will be two workshops held on April 17 and 18 during Youth Week, and the event will be hosted at The Pumphouse in Wickham.
Ms Royle said the boot camp was a ‘must-attend’ for “any young person with passion and ideas”.
She suggested the event, hosted by Melbourne-based YLab, will facilitate startup businesses as well as social change projects, and will offer tutorials on new entreprenurial skills to apply at work.
“We’re looking for young people with courage who are willing to back themselves and think differently,” Ms Royle said.
“The skills people learn will be invaluable whether they end up starting their own business or move into paid work so there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
“Our region needs more people with the entrepreneurial mindset to benefit business, government and community organisations to take new opportunities and meet future challenges.”
Ms Royle also welcomes small business owners and existing entrepreneurs are which to impart their knowledge that comes from already being involved in the field.
YLab design director, Sarah Alexander, also welcomed all who would be interested in the workshops, and said the program would “help young people learn to apply an entrepreneurial mindset to solve local challenges”.
She explained the boot camp would mainly focus on small team work activities, designing business models that can then be applied to situations in the Newcastle community.
“The boot camp is highly practical covering everything from megatrends and connections that influence customers, to existing models being led by young people globally, and tools to rapidly develop and test ideas,” Ms Alexander said.
“There are more young people on the planet than ever before who are ambitious, globally connected, and ready to drive business and social change.
“The FYA New Work Order report series shows that 70 per cent of young people are studying for jobs that will not exist in 10 years time. This means young people need to be equipped with transferrable enterprise skills to be ready for the future workforce.”
If you are interested in attending the workshop, you can apply for one of the 25 places through hunterfuturepreneurs.com.au, or by purchasing a ticket at eventbrite.com.au/e/kickstarter-bootcamp-tickets-43636678480.