More than 5 youth entrepreneurs that successfully completed the 8 week Youth Co Lab Internship Programme and they’re have officially graduated through the generous support of the British High Commission Apia, the Samoa Chamber of Commerce in Partnership [SCCI] with the United Nations Development Program.
This Youth Co Lab Program was started at the 23rd of August to the 18th of October.
Their main aim or purpose is to encourage and equip young people to strive their very own best to familiarized how to established their own business until it become success, this program was served as a supplementary business support initiative for youth entrepreneurs that participated in the latest youth Co Lab Programme.
Ms Lote Lima is the Member services Manager of the SCCI said this is the first time we have added an internship component to the Youth Co:Lab programme, for young entrepreneurs to gain work experience and an insight in the operations and standards of a work placement that can help your capacity growth for your own business.
The keynote address was delivered by Mr. David Ward, British High Commissioner to Samoa.
He echoed Lima congratulatory message and encouraged the next phase of the graduates’ entrepreneurial journey with a challenge for themselves and for a better Samoa.
“And so I want to say to those who are graduating today from this 8-week program is to be ambitious, for if you do not do this then the chances for progress for Samoa, the chances for a better life for those around you, are less than they would be if you do not use what you have learned.
“Take a risk, be ambitious and work for yourselves and for Samoa,”
“If you can achieve that, I would be delighted and the people of Samoa will be one step closer to achieving the [Sustainable Development Goals] and one step closer to a richer, safer, securer society that they all want to live in.”
The Programme was successful through the support of private sector partners, Radio Polynesia, Digicel Samoa, KEW Consult, EnCode Software Solution, Onelook Studio among others.