LAUNCH Pad played host to a group of young apprentices as they pitched their creative business ideas to a panel of judges.
The project was developed by Justice Prince as an innovative response to meeting the needs of excluded young people in the Longbenton area of North Tyneside. It brought together young people between the ages of 16 and 22. Funding came from Awards for All and the Local Network Fund.
“Young apprentice” Kerry, a member of the winning team, tells her story:
“I am 19 years old and had been looking for a job since I left school. I had never thought about being self employed until I got involved in the Young Apprentice Challenge.
“I just never thought that people like me or my friends were the type of people that could ever have
our own business. This was something none of us had ever thought about. Since my involvement in the Young Apprentice Challenge with the enterprise workshops and residential weekend, my confidence has really increased.
“I feel so much better about myself and have more belief in my own abilities and skills. I am now a volunteer at Longbenton Community Action Team, leading the women’s group, and with Justice Prince Community Interest Company as a sessional community researcher.
I am aiming to set up my own social enterprise based around the Jungle Club soft play, which was our business idea that won the Young Apprentice Challenge. I know I will still need a lot of support to do this, but just the fact that I know it is possible is so exciting.
“Before the Young Apprentice Challenge, I thought just posh people could have their own business.”
Contact Justice Prince CIC on (0191) 266-1717.