LOCAL people experiencing unemployment can join a new, free entrepreneur program offered by the City of Mandurah.
The City is one of the first local governments in Australia to offer a business creation program specifically for people who are unemployed. It is one of the City’s initiatives to try to tackle the high unemployment rate in Mandurah.
Mayor Marina Vergone said the course would give unemployed people an opportunity to 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 capacity-building program encourages participants to design their own job and become their own boss and focuses on changing mindsets, learning lifelong skills and ways to generate and develop business ideas.
It is available to Mandurah residents aged 17 and over who would like to uncover a different path to job creation.
The 10-week program is tailored to individuals and covers a range of entrepreneurial topics, including exploring skills, hobbies and interests and how that could translate to a business outcome.
It will also look at finding the right customers, launching ideas online and generating sales.
The program starts on August 29 at Mandurah Business Development Centre between 10am and noon.
Stage one (Design My Own Product) runs for four weeks and stage two (Develop My Own Product) runs for six weeks.
Expressions of interest are open until August 15 at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/bemy ownboss
Limited places are available.
The City also offers a range of other entrepreneur programs for different groups, including Artpreneur 101, Mumpreneur 101 and a Migrant Women Program, which have all been very successful.