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Posted: 30/09/10

Achievements for enterprising young people

Young people who attended an enterprise course run by The Prince’s Trust have been presented with certificates of achievement.

A presentation ceremony was hosted by West Nottinghamshire College on Wednesday (29 September) to congratulate people in the Mansfield area who have completed the charity’s ‘Explore Enterprise’ course.

The four-day programme is aimed at getting people to explore the options of becoming self-employed or being supported into further education, training or employment by learning more about personal and business financial management, book-keeping, tax, sales, marketing and customer-profiling.

One of the recipients that took to the stage was former West Notts College student Ben Whitehead, who runs his own photographic company Whitehead Photography.

The 24-year-old, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, was one of twelve former college students to have completed the course, held at its Derby Road campus, and believes it provided him with essential business sense.

He said: “Not only did the programme give me much more confidence, it also provided me with some sound business knowledge such as dealing with financial issues, which could easily be overlooked by budding entrepreneurs.

“I’ve really benefitted from the business mentorship-side of the programme and I’m really pleased I took part.”

The college has worked in partnership with The Prince’s Trust for the last four years.  It provides the charity with free access to facilities including classrooms, while young people on the programme receive meal vouchers and free travel on college buses.

Vanessa Coad, programme executive for The Prince’s Trust, said: “The Explore Enterprise course is a great way of finding out what you want to do in life. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about starting up your own business but need more information about how to do it.  If so, then this course is for you –and it’s free.” 

The next Explore Enterprise course starts on Tuesday 19 October and is available to any young person aged 18 to 30 who is unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week.  To find out more about times and venues, call The Prince’s Trust on 0800 842842.

The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each working day. More than three in four of the young people The Trust helped last year moved into work, education or training. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at www.princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

The Prince's Trust receives funding from the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and Solutions for Business to support young people into business.