25 youths start entrepreneurial journey

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Members of the youths discuss starting a business. Photo: Ruth Amos (File photo)

TWENTY-FIVE young entrepreneurs of Youth@Work (Y@W) this week started a four-week basic business training at Holy Cross, Baha’i Centre and Y@W office.

Y@W Coordinator Rose Martin says the business training is an important part of these young participants’ journey toward creating their future.

“Employment opportunity in the formal sector is limited, so another option is to encourage young people to pursue self-employment,” she says.

She applauded these young people who for the past weeks successfully completed literacy and basic computer classes.

ILO certified trainers coaching youth. Photo by Ruth Amos

“I would like to congratulate them for choosing this path, and I would like to ask them to work hard, persevere and be committed to the basic businesses training.”  

The group which is part of the training include Y@W’s Plus component consists of youth with disabilities, and Y@W Choice component and young people who are in conflict with the law.

The training is based on ILO’s Start Your Business modules and the materials are supplied by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a key supporter of Y@W’s Young Entrepreneurship Component.

Young entrepreneurs presenting their practical activity. Photo by Ruth Amos

Youth@Work is facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, in partnership and supported by funding from the Queens Young Leaders Programme (UK), the Australian Government Aid Programme, the Pacific Leadership Programme and Plan International.  Implementation is done in partnership with the Solomon Islands Ministry of National Unity, Peace and Reconciliation, the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs. Youth@Work is an initiative to tackle youth unemployment in Solomon Islands and to help youth of the Solomon’s find pathways to employment and entrepreneurship.