First crop of graduates emerge from Mandurah entrepreneur program

First crop of graduates emerge from Mandurah entrepreneur program

LOCAL people who were unemployed have completed a free entrepreneur program offered by the City of Mandurah.

The City was one of the first local governments in Australia to offer a job creation program specifically for people who were unemployed.

It is just one of the ways the City is addressing current unemployment figures in Mandurah.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the course, which finished on Monday , gave unemployed people the chance to generate their own employment and work for themselves.

“We know Mandurah’s unemployment rate is traditionally higher than state averages and we are committed to finding solutions and offering ways to tackle this statistic for our community,” she said.

The two-part building program encouraged participants to design their own job and become their own boss, and focused on changing mindsets, learning lifelong skills and how to generate and develop business ideas.

The 10-week program at Mandurah Business Development Centre was tailored to individuals and covered a range of entrepreneurial topics including exploring skills, hobbies and interests and how that could translate to a business outcome.

It also looked at finding the right customers, launching ideas online and generating sales.

A second program is expected to be run in February.