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City of Mandurah helps boost local employment opportunities

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The City of Mandurah is helping local business minded mums elevate their employment opportunities by running another series of the popular Mumpreneur101 workshops.

The free program is focussed on mums who currently run, or want to start a home based business.

The program provides skills and resources through a range of workshops over 8 weeks, with subjects including digital marketing, time management, networking, well-being and the importance of mindset and success.

Mumpreneur101 will begin on February 13 until April 3. Applications close on February 5 and limited places available.

Mayor Rhys Williams said Mumpreneur was a great initiative and one of the ways the City of Mandurah is addressing current unemployment figures in Mandurah.

“Employment is a challenge that we all play a part in tackling together – whether you are an employer, training body, support agency… or even consumer,” he said.

“We are committed to finding solutions and offering ways to tackle unemployment for our community and the City’s entrepreneur program is one of the many ways that we are boosting local people’s skills and employability.

“There’s no quick fix but I’m encouraged by the hard work and effort that many agencies, including the City, are investing in our people to help them take the next step to jobreadiness and improving employment opportunities.”

The City offers a number of free entrepreneur programs for different groups including Artpreneur101, Design Your Own Job Program, Migrant Women Program, and the latest StartUp Smart Creative which have all experienced great success.

Since the program began, more than 530 participants have attended a range of workshops, with each series custom-made to address specific needs of the target groups.

The program’s success has contributed to 49 full-time businesses being established and 65 percent of all participants registering an ABN with most of them trading part time.

The City is one of the region’s largest employers and last year it broadened its employment development program to help build capacity and employment opportunities. The program was increased to 21 developmental positions – with three cadets, 11 apprentices and seven trainee positions in place, which includes four trainee positions set aside for Indigenous recruitment.

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