With high unemployment and increasing university costs, young people are now facing challenging decisions for their future.
One talented 19 year old in Torbay has looked to self-employment to create his own job, fulfilling his ambitions to start his career as a professional photographer.
Will Reddaway from Torquay studied A-level Photography and undertook a number of photography jobs during his studies. He approached free local business start-up support programme Outset Torbay to develop his business skills and received practical support to turn his business dream into reality.
“When it came to making decisions about my future, I didn’t feel university was the right way forward for me. The Outset Torbay programme has really helped me to plan my business, giving me goals to work towards over the sessions.”
The young entrepreneur undertook Outset’s flexible intensive Introduction to Enterprise and Business Start-up workshops, and also received one-to-one coaching sessions to develop his skills and ideas.
“I enjoyed the workshops. Knowing that we were meeting up once a week gave me a helpful structure to my time. I really wanted to understand how to run a business and increase my knowledge and skills to be a successful professional photographer.”
Since completing the Outset programme, Will has launched WR Photography – the home of creative, dynamic and people-centred photography in Torbay.
“I endeavour to create an image that captures more than what is put in front of me. My desire is to encapsulate the very essence of each subject,” says Will.
Will has set clear objectives for the future growth of his business, developing his skills and services in wedding, portrait and commercial photography.
Outset Torbay has been funded by the ERDF Competitiveness and Employment programme and Torbay Development Agency which invests in activities that will have a long-term impact on the growth and development of the local economy.
For more information on how Outset Torbay could help you develop your business idea into a reality, please call us on 0800 032 2905, email us on email@example.com or visit www.outsettorbay.co.uk