Tackling youth unemployment and creating young entrepreneur role models in Hull
17 October 2017
Last Friday Richard Corbett MEP and I visited the Making Changes for Careers programme in Hull aimed at young people who are unemployed and not in education which is a part EU funded project. There we met with 5 hardworking young people who have each started their own business with the support of MC4C. At a time of high youth unemployment, MC4C is a fantastic model to engage and develop young entrepreneurs.
Since the project started in 2016 the team behind MC4M have worked with a wide variety of potential young entrepreneurs, from children’s clothes designers to illustrators, graphic designers, massage therapists, drama therapists and jewellery sellers, to name a few. As part of the programme, participants get a chance to develop and enhance their skills, while being provided with one to one information to explore the opportunity of self-employment.
The kind of projects MC4M runs, which builds on the talent and drive of young entrepreneurs, should be available to everyone. But the funding for this project runs out next year and there are no guarantees that it can continue post Brexit unless the government steps up.
You can find out more about MC4M here.
Below are some examples of the local young entrepreneurs MC4M have been supporting:
Ellie Cundill – @sewnbymama
Ben Robinson – Prehistoric Hull
Jenny Cutsforth – @Arthur and the Honey Bee
Richard Tines – Pixel Imp Art
Aaron Conroy – @Fenburg
Coral Fairbank – @BecomeMarketing
With some of the young entrepreneurs on the Making Changes for Careers programme