Young people from Coalisland enjoy entrepreneurship programme

Coalisland Residents and Community Forum recently played host to the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship (RYE) programme.  Clár Ní Dhornáin a member of the Mid Ulster Local Action Group organised the event and gave a warm welcome to some young people from the area who attended the RYE workshops.

Young people from Coalisland enjoy entrepreneurship programme

Aoibheann McArdle, Clár Ní Dhornáin & Thomas Fox testing their entrepreneurial thinking.

The RYE programme is delivered by RDC and Advantage, the workshops are designed to raise awareness of self employment and entrepreneurship as an alternative option for young people living in rural areas. At the workshops the participants engaged in activities to open up their minds to new ways of thinking, finding out about researching their chosen market and how to generate or develop a new business idea.

Speaking afterwards Clár said:

“After attending a RYE Master Class I spoke to staff at the RDC about the possibility of hosting workshops in Coalisland which I attended and participated in.  The workshops were exceptional we gained first hand information about self employment, developing our skills such as communicating, creative thinking and problem solving.  These workshops provided a practical insight into what enterprise entails.

“As a young person myself I am fully aware of the lack of job opportunities locally and most young people have to take the decision to move away from home.  This programme is aimed at giving us an alternative option of self employment to explore, test our ideas and write a business action plan.” 

Olga Gallagher, RDC Director said;

"Funded by DARD under the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation programme the RYE programme is delivered by RDC in partnership with Advantage.  The programme aims to encourage and support rural young people interested in self employment to discover what it means to be your own boss and how to take the first steps in getting your business off the ground.

“We hope the young people who attended the workshops were encouraged and inspired to consider starting their own business and wish them every success.”