Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. has launched the Foróige NFTE Programme in Cork, in the Republic of Work on Monday evening, 11th June 2018. NFTE is a youth entrepreneurship programme, which has been shown to improve the business, academic and life skills of young people.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. launches Cork’s Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme (NFTE)

The Foróige NFTE Programme is in operation in 10 other counties across the country. Two-year funding from basis.point is making it possible, for the first time ever, to have this impactful programme available to young people in Cork.

Declan O’Leary, Foróige Area Manager Cork, said, “thanks to the generous support of basis.point, Foróige aims to reach 200 young people in twelve youth settings and schools around the Cork area. Already, NFTE sites are up-and-running or due to start, in areas such as Mayfield, Knocknaheeny, Farranree, Mallow, Mitchelstown and Fermoy. There’s huge enthusiasm for it, and we are so very grateful to everyone for their support.

This programme has multiple positive impacts on the young people who take part in it. From business acumen to Leadership skills, confidence and better communication, this programme encourages young people to think big, aim high and most of all believe in their own ability to achieve great things.

Sandara Kelso-Robb, Executive Director basis.point, said “this transformative youth programme will enable Cork young people to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to work towards a better future for themselves and their families.

“NFTE is special because it provides the young people involved with so many amazing opportunities. They receive a seed grant to start their business; visit wholesalers; engage with entrepreneurs & community leaders; work with corporate business mentors; sell their products at Trade Fairs; prepare a business plan and present it to judges at competitions.

“We are delighted to support Foróige in this endeavour, and look forward to watching innovation and entrepreneurship blossom amongst Cork’s young people.”

Tániste Simon Coveney, T.D. said “This is exciting news for Cork that will give young people the opportunity to learn skills for business and for life. Ireland needs entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking and thanks to the partnership between Foróige and basis.point we can look forward to great things to come from the young people of Cork. I commend all of the young entrepreneurs who have taken part in the Foróige NFTE programme so far for their fearless attitude, drive and enthusiasm to carve out their own futures, while also developing worthwhile products and Services.”