Youth Enterprise Ambassador Programme
As part of the Youth Enterprise Section of Hull City Council strategy to engage with young people in order to sell the services of the Council and the opportunities that are available to them to develop their enterprising idea and to learn about key enterprise skills, they have recruited five young people, four of whom are entrepreneurs in their own right to promote the Making Changes for Careers Programme.
These young entrepreneurial ambassadors are on a mission to raise the profile of enterprise skills training and business support services amongst young people in the City of Hull who are not currently in full time employment or training. The chosen ambassadors have all engaged with the Making Changes for Careers programme and have successfully progressed into either self-employment or employment, showing how improving your entrepreneurial skills can help you move forward in the world of work.
All five ambassadors are raring to go and have already started raising the profile of youth enterprise in the city at a number of events and activities within the community.
Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader Hull City Council said
“It is fantastic that, with support from mentors and the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, five young people have been selected to promote in general the Council’s Youth Enterprise programme and the Making Changes for Careers programme in particular. I have no doubt they will be great ambassadors not only for youth enterprise but for the City as a whole, so thank you Leigh, Ben, Charlene, Laura and Courtney for your enthusiasm and commitment, you are a great credit to the City.”
Ben Robinson of Prehistoric Hull said:
“The experience at MC4C has changed my life. I went from a guy that had no hope to a guy that feels like life is limitless. With the help of MC4C I turned my life around, and if sharing my story with others helps them to see that they can bounce back, then it’ll be a job well done. It was also fantastic to receive a grant for my business from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank to help start me up.”
“This programme helped me through so much. They picked me up when I thought I had nothing, they were honestly the best. I now have a job thanks to this team and they are still there for me to this day. They invite me to events and show me how much I meant to them, being part of the programme and I’m happy to be given this opportunity to give something back to help others.”
Laura Russell, founder of Russell’s Emporium said:
“I am proud to be part of a scheme that supports everyone from all backgrounds and education levels. It brings together people from all walks of life in the city to collaborate, connect and converse and I was delighted to have received my Test Market Grant from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank.”
Charlene Genter of Charlene’s Crafty Creations said:
“I was one of the first people to have joined MC4C. I was told by people I didn’t have what it took to become self-employed, but from day one at MC4C I was welcomed with open arms and was told anything is possible if you try. The Big 13 classes were so much fun and made learning fun too. When you tell people you want to become self-employed and they say "It’s too difficult” or "It’s too much messing about".....it’s not! MC4C were there to help me in any way they could. I have now succeeded and have become self-employed and I love it, all thanks to the MC4C team. I can’t wait to be able to help others realise that they too can do it!”
Leigh Williamson of Picturesque Photography said:
“The MC4C programme is such a great programme for any young person. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn't for MC4C. The support you get is unbelievable. I have met a great set of people that are now my friends, colleagues and business affiliates. I’m thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for the project and I without a doubt will be highly recommending the program to others that need a little bit of support. I was also pleased to receive a grant for my business from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank to help start me up”
Meet one of our newest ambassadors – Sophie Green of ‘Seams Impossible’
Sophie was referred to MC4C by one of our entrepreneurs and has set up her business creating adapted clothing with hidden seams and fastenings for people with skin conditions who struggle to find clothing that does not cause irritations.
Sophie says “My goal isn’t all about making money; it’s about providing people with a condition with the same choice of clothing as those without.”
Danny Kerswill of Kerswill Electrical Services (K.E.S.) is our latest ambassador.
Danny says “MC4C is great for learning and understanding the fundamental principles of starting and running a business; covering tax, business ideas, business plans and many other areas. MC4C has supported me and many others to build a successful and well organised business by providing training, funding and support, whilst creating our own community in which we all support and share work with each other. It’s great! Good luck to all in business!”
You can read his case study below.