FIDC, Chamber of Commerce and Training Centre host first Business Breakfast for returning students, apprentices and school leavers.

This morning a group of 20 candidates, consisting of students returning from overseas study, apprentices and school leavers looking to continue their training or seek employment and development opportunities attended a Business Breakfast held at the Malvina. The attendees met with 45 business representatives made up of members from the private sector from 12 different primary and secondary industries and a number of FIG departments.

For many of the younger attendees this was their first opportunity to ‘network’ with potential future employers and ask questions regarding the different careers within the represented industries – from specialist areas through to business support services. The candidates were initially matched with businesses where they had expressed potential careers aspirations, and throughout the session were directed to speak with representatives of other sectors where they had either transferable skills or similar areas of interest.

The Business Breakfast was a joint initiative with input from the Training Centre, who coordinated student attendance, the Chamber of Commerce who promoted the event with its membership and FIDC, who sponsored the event via the YES Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme.

The Malvina laid on a delightful spread of breakfast favourites and the room was full of lively discussion, interesting debates and informative perspectives on offer. Many of the attendees impressed the business representatives with their engagement, aspirations and growing confidence.

Farrah Peck of WoolCo, a representative of the agricultural sector said:

“It was really worthwhile, providing a setting for those who came along to interact with the business community and an opportunity for businesses to explain career pathways in their sectors. It allowed us to get to know who is out there and potentially interested in working within our industries. I hope it gave them inspiration and the confidence to make contact in future.”

About the FIDC

FIDC acts as the national economic development agency for the Falkland Islands and is tasked to develop the commercial sector of the Falkland Islands by being one of the principal partners delivering the Economic, Rural and Tourism Development Strategies.

To help drive sustainable economic growth and assist in the creation of new jobs and opportunities, FIDC provides various forms of support and assistance to the Falkland’s business community.