Hands-on approach to pass on business brilliance
ENTREPRENEURS got their hands dirty on an outdoor challenge, before passing on their business ideas to a group of youngsters.
Chief executive Andrew Horncastle and managing director Ian Hodges, of South Cave firm Horncastle Group, joined a team of 18 to 24-year-old Neets – not in employment, education or training.
They headed to the Melton Scout Camp and had to give up their mobile phones and other home comforts before beginning a series of challenges, including a night-time hike.
The 24-hour challenge was designed to teach the youngsters how to set targets and work together.
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Mr Horncastle said: "I'm an outdoors person.
"I enjoy being out in the country on my bike, so I wouldn't have foreseen us not being there.
"It's often great to be with people in a situation that is off-piste because they tend to open up more and you see them from a different perspective.
"It certainly demonstrates that we are committed to this. In two or three years' time, we want to see young people who have really benefited from the experience, who are running their own businesses successfully and employing other people from their own backgrounds."
This element of the CatZero charity project is being funded by the Horncastle Group and is one of three schemes supported by local businesses.
CatZero project manager Pete Tighe said the outdoor challenge was "an interview with a big difference".
He said: "If a young person doesn't have the right attitude, they won't go on the programme."
Ten of the 11 in the group came through the test and have now gone forward on the programme to help them achieve their dreams.
Mr Tighe said: "They battled against very cold conditions, including snow showers, but they maintained their enthusiasm and their team-working skills developed fantastically."
Mr Hodges said it was "uplifting" to see the young people's confidence rise.
He said: "We found it very interesting to hear their aspirations and the reasons why they had come on the programme.
"They were all there because they want to better themselves and several of them have business ideas with real substance."
Call CatZero on 01482 333303 for more information about the programme.