09 August 2012
Ever watched the Apprentice TV programme and thought you could do better than the candidates?
Well young people in Larne are about to get that opportunity!
As part of the Larne Youth Opportunities Programme LEDCOM and Larne Borough Council are organising the Larne Apprentice Competition. This unique Programme competition is designed to help young people between the aged of 18-25 gain new work skills within a business environment.
The Mayor of Larne, Councillor Gerardine Mulvenna launched the Larne Apprentice Competition this week.
“ The Larne Apprentice Competition will highlight the talents of our young people as well as encouraging them to stretch themselves and enhance their prospects for employment and self-employment”, said the Mayor.
“I would ask everyone to use your contacts and influence to promote the competition and encourage as many young people as possible to apply”, added Councillor Mulvenna.
The competition will conclude with a final with special guest “ Jedi” Jim Eastwood from the Apprentice TV programme.
The competition is being supported by the Larne Times.
“ We plan to give regular updates on the competition and how the participating young people progress through it. We want to encourage the local community to really get behind them”, said Valerie Martin, editor of the Larne Times.
The competition will enable young people to make contact with business owners and leaders in the greater Larne area.
The competition has been designed to develop and assess the participants using a balanced scorecard approach to develop business acumen, attitude, social understanding and leadership.
The competition is being supported by local businesses giving voluntary time and business experience to help the candidates throughout the 8 weeks of the initiative as well as enhancing their future career prospects.
Members of the Larne Traders Forum and member companies of the Business in the Community Business Leadership Network are supporting the Larne Apprentice Competition.
The benefits from taking part in the Larne Apprentice Competition include :
• The winner will receive an iPad with the runner up receiving a tablet computer, with other prizes for all who complete the competition
• Certificates will also be given to all completing participants
• Up to 10 hours one to one mentoring from local business representatives to assist with career development.
• It will bring participants into contact with employers with the potential to advance employment opportunities.
• The Larne Apprentice Competition is designed to be fun and interactive. Participation will enhance participants CVs and their ability to compete for jobs.
Information on the Larne Apprentice Competition is available from Audrey Murray at LEDCOM, tel.: 28269973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information can also be downloaded from wwwchainhr.co.uk and www.ledcom.org