Trowbridge launches new programme to prepare teens for the world of work

By Anita Jaynes on 3 February, 2016

Following a successful bid to Wiltshire Council via the Local Youth Networking Group, The Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Trowbridge Town Team are ready to launch a new programme aimed at the town’s young people to prepare them for the world of work, or to become a young entrepreneur.

Sarah Holland, community youth officer for Wiltshire Council said: “It is great to see a project that will help young people develop their entrepreneurial skills in Trowbridge. This programme will provide young people from this area with new skills to help them develop themselves and provide them with added confidence and self-esteem. I look forward to monitoring this project and the development of the young people involved.”

The Go! Fish initiative will consist of a series of workshops, accompanied by a workbook for the participants to follow that includes:

  • Being a Young Entrepreneur
  • Managing a Business
  • Leadership Skills
  • Team Work
  • Marketing
  • Business Presentations
  • Service Excellence
  • Retail
  • CV Writing
  • Interview Techniques

These workshops are FREE to all those aged between 13-19 and will take place outside of school hours. Each workshop will take just two hours, once a month and is interactive and participant led. For local sixth formers’ this can help towards their Personalised Extended Curriculum (PEC).

As well as receiving training and knowledge from experienced local business people, the participants will be offered the chance to take part in the Dragon’s Dungeon, similar to BBC’s popular programme Dragon’s Den, where local business mentors will test their project, or business, ideas. The winner will receive the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.

If they produce a product to sell they will also be invited to take part in the Trowbridge Teenage Markets throughout the year, following on from the hugely successful event held during the Trowbridge Arts Festival last October.

David Baker, who will lead the project on behalf of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce said, “We are now in a fantastic position to build on the work we have been doing during the past few years in schools which was preparing students for the world of work. These young people are our future and once again we can profit through partnership by involving local businesses and organisations working together.”

Emma Roberts, President of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce added, “With this funding and involvement from supportive local businesses, we can develop a new, fresh initiative, built around the requirements of today’s young people. The employment market is a challenge and if more wish to work for themselves, Go! Fish, based on the tried and tested ‘Fish Philosophy’ Place, will help them along that path.”

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