Be a Job Maker

The Connected Youth – 'Be a Job Maker' program aims to engage young people with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northern Adelaide. The program provides real-world, hands-on experience working with start-ups, entrepreneurs, business, government, Flinders University's New Venture Institute and researchers. Support and mentoring throughout the program will be provided by experts in career planning, business and industry, education, research, entrepreneurship, innovation and youth engagement.

The Connected to YOUth – Be a Job Maker program aims to foster Job Makers by engaging young people with the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Regional and Metropolitan areas of South Australia, current start-ups and experienced mentors to turn their innovative ideas into businesses or assist them to embark on an 'intrapreneurial' journey within the dynamic Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) sector where digital and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills are critical, and an entrepreneurial mindset is vital.

The Be a Job Maker program provides real-world, hands-on experience working with start-ups, entrepreneurs, business, governments, Flinders NVI and researchers, meaning that young people will develop the skills they need to become Job Makers.

This program is proposed to be run across six sites, two in Metropolitan Adelaide, four regionally in Port Pirie – to capture the economically and socially challenged communities of Whyalla and Peterborough, Mt Gambier, the Riverland and Kangaroo Island.

This program has a focus on young South Australians who do not transition from high school or successfully complete further education. Based on the successful stage one pilot program in 2016 this program has the potential to assist up to 100 young people build the skills and capacity to achieve self-employment and potentially employ others.