iCan Programme Give Young People Social Edge

iCan Programme Give Young People Social Edge

An initiative to develop the potential of young entrepreneurs in Scotland is to be piloted in West Dunbartonshire.

iCan, which will offer 16-24 year olds a mix of workshop training and practical experience with successful social enterprises, will be launched in Clydebank on  Monday 26th November.

Running at least three times over the next twelve months across Scotland, the iCan programme will expose young people to the world of social enterprise by matching them with enterprises which need the specific input of a young person to develop a product or solve a problem.

The iCan programme has been developed by Firstport which provides business support for new-start social entrepreneurs.  Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport said,

“the iCan programme will develop knowledge, skills, confidence and creativity by providing young people with an internship and a programme of innovative workshops which will enable them to take forward their own social enterprising ideas.”

Collaborating in the West Dunbartonshire programme with Firstport are Clydebank College and various social enterprises such as Impact Arts, Social Bite and Spruce Carpets. The programme will provide workshops on business skills, problem solving and ideas generation. The associated social enterprises will give the young people the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in a real business context during a work placement.

Welcoming the initiative to develop the skills and potential of young people in the area, MSP Jackie Baillie said

“I welcome the launch of the iCan programme in West Dunbartonshire. It is important that young people have the tools to get themselves in to work after leaving education.

“With 30 people chasing every vacancy in the area and youth unemployment at an all time high, programmes such as iCan give 16-24 year olds the means to develop their skills and potential so that they can stay off jobs seekers allowance and get back in to work.

“The iCan programme offers a healthy balance of workshop training and practical experience with successful social enterprises in the area and I would encourage all young people in West Dunbartonshire who are currently looking for work  to get involved with this new initiative on their doorstep. “

The first iCan programme will run from 26th November until 13th December with additional programmes running in late spring and early summer of 2013