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Prince’s Lead Your Own Business 2016 Launch

Prince’s Lead Your Own Business 2016 Launch

The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program for 2016 will commence this month, with 23 transitioning or recently transitioned Defence members set to learn the skills they need to start and operate their own businesses.

An initiative of The Prince’s Charities Australia, the nationally accredited program is delivered by RMIT University and includes online learning, an intensive residential at RMIT, and one-on-one mentoring from industry experts.

Following a successful pilot program last year, interest in the 2016 program was widespread, with The Prince’s Charities Australia and 2015 program graduates visiting Defence bases around Australia to brief transition and support officers about the program.

This year’s cohort comes from all three Defence Forces, with Army (48%), Navy (22%) and Air Force (30%) backgrounds represented.

The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program participants will join an esteemed alumni, with more than half of the 2015 program cohort having graduated to receive their Certificate IV in Small Business Management, and others remaining engaged in the program and close to completion.

Many graduates of last year’s program have already successfully launched their enterprises, including a variety of consultancies, software companies, building developers, a photography business, food and beverage start-ups, and more.

Some of the alumni were able to meet with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and speak with him about their program experiences during the Royal Tour in November, while many others have exchanged letters with His Royal Highness.

Enrolment for this year’s participants will commence this week, with online learning to start immediately, and the intensive residential week set for June 26 – July 2. Support and mentoring will be ongoing until June 2017.

The program’s Advisory Council includes:

  • Rear Admiral Brett Wolski, Head of People Capability, Defence
  • Air Commodore Robert M.C. Brown AM BEc FCA, Chairman, ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre
  • Peter Evans FIEAust FAICD, Chairman, Defence in Business
  • Craig Fitzgerald, General Manager, Operations/Director of CSR, Aspen Medical
  • Professor David Forbes PhD, Director, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • Major General Gerard Fogarty AO (Ret’d), CEO, Defence Health
  • Stephen Koss, Partner – Asia Pacific Talent Leader, People Advisory Service, EY
  • Robyn Ritchie, National Convenor, Defence Families of Australia.

The Prince’s Charities Australia wishes the 2016 program participants all the best and looks forward celebrating their successes throughout the program.

The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program is generously supported by principal sponsor the Pratt Foundation, and corporate partners Defence Housing Australia, Commonwealth Bank and EY. We would like to thank Worldwide Support for Development for their continued support of PLYOB as the founding partner.

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