New scheme tells young people how to 'Be your own boss'

Release Date: 20/02/2017

Over 1,400 youngsters from Richmond upon Thames have taken part in a programme to find out how they could be ‘their own boss’.

Over the past two years, Achieving for Children, in partnership with Richmond Council’s Economic Development, Team, launched a (2 year) ‘Pathways to Self-Employment’ programme, for young people aged 16 to 24.

Young people from all local secondary schools, and those currently not in education, employment or training, attended events looking at the benefits of self-employment and (entrepreneurship). Activities included: workshops on related topics, delivered by expert speakers, opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs and business ‘speed dating’.

Attendees learnt from experts what it takes to be self-employed. They were also provided with individually tailored routes into employment through a range of activities such as volunteering, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Business, said:

“We know that more and more young people are considering alternative routes to higher education. And, this programme shows us we have more young entrepreneurs than ever.

“It is critical we nurture young people’s passion for business and invest in the next generation.

"This programme has given young people the opportunity of seeing the potential and understanding that the possibilities are endless. I hope they will go on to connect with the world of work , through apprenticeships, full time work, self-employment, setting up their own business or continue with their education."

Updated: 20 February 2017