Support and Advice
The Kent Foundation
Are you aged 18-30? Want to start a business? Or grow an existing one?
Answered yes to the above questions? You have come to the right place! Take a look at the Kent Foundation Services for young people offering business advice and support. They will help you reach your goals and learn more about becoming a successful entrepreneur. Also apply to them for your Start Up Loan. You can also find them on twitter @KentFoundation
Young Start-up Talent
'Young Start-up Talent' is an entrepreneurial initiative which is supported by a number of local business and is aimed at helping 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair for business to make their dreams a reality. To find out more information on how to take part in this fantastic opportunity, visit their website or on twitter @YoungStartUpTal. Get inspiration from the video of the 2015 West Kent Finals.
This website is aimed at 16-30 year olds and offers free online business advice. It is the UKs biggest online community for entrepreneurs and can assist when looking at launching your own business. To sign up, visit their website or on twitter @shelllivewireuk
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation to young people who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.
Young entrepreneurs can benefit from a specialised programme which lends money and mentors to help start a business.
If you are an 18-30 year old with a business idea, or are unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week, receive training and mentoring, support in writing a business plan and in applying for low interest loans. More information at Princes Trust and on twitter @princestrust.
Training and Skills Development
CXK (formerly Connexions) is a charity which empowers young people and adults to maximise their potential. Through providing careers advice and practical support in jobs and training, CXK makes a difference to the lives of people across the South East. They help people learn new skills, gain qualifications, experience positive influences and improve their employability. They also provide help with mental health and targeted support to vulnerable young people in Kent. Follow them on twitter @cxkltd
Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of getting work-based training. You'll do real jobs for real employers, training on the job and earning while you learn. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over 16, whether you're leaving school, want to start a new career or moving into a new role with your existing employer that requires new skills. More information can be found at Kent Apprenticeships.