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Young Would-Be Entrepreneurs Given Helping Hand

Tuesday May 14 2013

Young would-be entrepreneurs given hand Young would-be entrepreneurs given hand

YOUNG people wanting to start their own business are being given a helping hand as part of a new Enterprising Young People project.

More than £1million is to be spent on improving employment opportunities for young people in Barnsley with grants from Europe, Barnsley Council, Laing O'Rourke and John Laing Microfinance.

The project will run for more than two years, creating and assisting 60 more start-up businesses and creating 30 new jobs.

As part of the programme there will also be a project manager, support officer and five enterprise champions - who will offer guidance and knowledge on business planning and enterprise development.

There will also be a work placement for one apprentice aged between 16 and 24 each year, which the council said will help address the shortfall in entrepreneurial skill, experience and advice.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for children, young people and adults said: "This project aims to develop the ideas of young people in Barnsley so that they may start and sustain their own businesses.

"Going into business for themselves needs to be just as open a route for young people as higher education or employment options."

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Reply Posted by Tracey on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 14:34
What happened to the Enterprise In Communities Programme which covered Barnsley? This was very, very similiar.

Reply Posted by Jan on Saturday May 18 2013 at 18:10
While I support the initiative, I would like to ask, where is the help for 'anyone', despite age?
Providing jobs should be the foremost concern, not the age of the candidates.

Reply Posted by nab on Monday May 20 2013 at 22:10
my son's been inside all the jobs he's gone for never got a reply who's going to help him and thous like him