Illuminating problem solving – The next generation of Hume

Young minds will hone entrepreneurial skills this week as 85 Year 10 students from six local secondary schools take part in the illuminate:nextgen Challenge.

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is a week-long intensive program that gives students the opportunity to experience first-hand what it takes to be an entrepreneur, plus enhance their innovative thinking and problem solving skills.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Geoff Porter said the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is a brilliant opportunity for our young people to be inspired by our local business community, while learning skills that will last a lifetime.

“In Hume, we are dedicated to finding new and engaging ways to help our young people put their very best foot forward, as they pursue their chosen career paths.

“A big part of that is access to higher education opportunities and what that looks like at a local level,” Cr Porter said.   

“That is why as part of this challenge our local students will be presenting their suggestions to improve access to higher education and learning here in Hume.

The aim of the week is to inspire young people and support them to come up with new ideas that drive change.”

The students will learn about all aspects of business, including strategic planning, finance, marketing and pitching their idea. Mentoring and advice from industry leaders and business people is also available so students can present a realistic business case in just five days.

The illuminate:nextgen Challenge will be held at the Hume Global Learning Centre from Monday 27 August to Friday 31 August.

Over the week participants will be inspired and guided by local business leaders including:

  • Founder, Close the Loop, Steve Morris
  • CEO, Enable IT, Julie McKay
  • Director SAGE Consulting and President Sunbury Business Association, Michael Osborne
  • CEO, Naturally Good Foods, Connie Manglivati

 Participating schools include Aitken College, Craigieburn Secondary College, Hume Central Secondary College, Mount Ridley College, Roxburgh College and Sunbury College. 

Posted on 1:00 PM, 29 August 2018


Updated : 12:47 PM, 29 August 2018

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