The Rural Youth Entrepreneurship programme had a busy summer out and about delivering workshops in the rural communities of Cashel, Co Fermanagh, Eden Youth & Community Association and Clonmore in Co Tyrone.
The workshops were well attended by enthusiastic young people eager to carve a career for themselves by turning a hobby or passion into a business venture.
Speaking after the workshops at Eden Youth & Community Association Karen Warnock said:
“Young people living in rural areas need initiatives that help them to increase their confidence, address barriers to employment and consider new opportunities. This programme provided all that and more offering them advice, training, mentoring and peer support for those interested in enterprise. The young people felt inspired, encouraged and motivated to possibly consider starting up their own business in the not so distant future.”
Fintan McAliskey, Director of Clonmore thought the young people who attended the workshops felt invigorated and left buzzing, it was an innovative way of learning and was delighted he was part of it.
“One of the biggest threats to the economy in rural areas is unfortunately the lack of local employment opportunities. It has an impact at a local level by leaving many young people with no choice but to move away from family and friends to find work elsewhere. We at Clonmore Regeneration Group want to encourage young people’s entrepreneurial spirit to help create new jobs, support existing employment and keep our young people in the rural area.”
RYE is open to rural young people aged 16-30 who want to build and develop the skills required to set up their own businesses. If anyone is interested in the RYE programme please contact Gillian Maxwell on firstname.lastname@example.org or Gail Lees on email@example.com or telephone 028 867 66980.