With one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country, and a new wave of students about to finish school and seek employment, an event happening on the Sunshine Coast at the end of October is hoping to help the Coast’s youth learn new skills, connect to potential employers, and learn more about the process of starting a business.
Startup Weekend for Youth will be held at Mountain Creek High School from Fri 31 October to Sunday 2 November 2014 and will be Australia’s first ever Startup Weekend targeting high school students from Grades 10-12.
Organiser of the event Graeme Breen, Head of Department - Teaching and Learning (Acting) at Mountain Creek High School says whilst the event is being held at one of the Coast’s largest public high schools, it is very much open to all students in Years 10 to 12 to come along. Early year TAFE & Uni students are also welcome.
“The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country,” says Breen. “In one report commissioned by the Sunshine Coast Business Council in December 2013, the rate of youth unemployment between the ages of 15 and 19 was at a staggering rate of 44 per cent. Startup Weekends are considered to be the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship, so it makes sense to offer this event to the Sunshine Coast’s youth and see if we can help address this crucial problem.”
At the event students will be challenged to tackle issues such as the high youth unemployment on the Sunshine Coast, and diversification of the local economy, and will work through processes that will ultimately end in a final pitch to a panel of judges. Throughout the weekend, participants will have access to successful entrepreneurs, designers, developers, business mentors, and facilitators that will provide support and guidance.
The event will be held from 31 October - 2 November 2014. For more details and to register visit: www.startupsunshinecoastyouth.com or follow the social channels on facebook.com/StartupSCYouth, @StartupSCYouth (twitter) and @StartupSCYouth (Instagram).
The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country. In one report commissioned by the Sunshine Coast Business Council in December 2013, the rate of youth unemployment between the ages of 15 and 19 was at a staggering rate of 44 per cent. A report Conducted by the Federal government has highlighted a concerning cluster of youth unemployment in the region with full time unemployment calculated in the year April 2011- April 2012 at 33.5 per cent for 15-19 year olds and 11.9 per cent for 20-24 year olds. While reported unemployment figures change monthly, there is little evidence of the above-mentioned statistics having improved through 2014.