Unemployed young people in the Skegness area have been invited to enrol on a free scheme offering guidance and financial support to set up their own businesses.
The Prince’s Trust’s Explore Enterprise programme will be running a four-day workshop at the Embassy Centre, Skegness, from November 19 to 22, providing expert advice on matters relating to self-employment.
Course organiser Trudy Roberts said: “This is a chance to explore self-employment as an option and to find out if it’s right for them while receiving mentor support and funding.
“Many of the jobs in Skegness are seasonal and so there are a lot of young people out of work around this time, which is why we’ve decided to host the course now.”
Recent graduates of the scheme attended Grand Central on Friday, October 26, to celebrate their achievements and the fact that the programme had secured funding for a further three years.
One of the scheme’s success stories attending the event was Orby man Carsten Hart.
The 30-year-old former armed serviceman had struggled to find full-time employment after leaving the army and had recently lost his job as a landscape gardener when he heard of the scheme and enrolled.
After learning about finance, marketing and how to branch out on his own, Carsten was awarded a £1,500 grant which enabled him to set up his own landscaping business.
Woos Landscape and Fencing has been operating successfully for the past two months, which Carsten says would not have been possible without the help he received.
“It’s opened my eyes to what running a business involves and without their help, to be honest, I think I would still be on job seekers’ allowance and trying to look for more work, which would probably be seasonal.”
To find out more information about the course, and to enrol, contact Trudy on 07808717468 or the Prince’s Trust’ Lincoln office on 01522 808518.