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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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A housing association is offering 25 young people the chance to develop their business ideas by sending them to Holland to take part in a business and skills programme.

The Accord Group has teamed up with Impact Hub Amsterdam to bring the opportunity to people aged 18-25 from Birmingham and the Black Country.

The 13-week programme will see the young entrepreneurs, 10 of whom will be Accord customers, matched with a Dutch entrepreneur.

They will then develop their business idea into a viable start up, improve their understanding of customer interaction and financial management of a new business, and even learn to speak Dutch.

Funded by The Lifelong Learning Programme, the scheme is part of Accord's AddVentures initiative which aims to help unemployed people back into work or support them to start their own businesses.

Since it launched in April 2012, it has worked with over 400 people to develop employability skills, gain experience of work and hone ideas, with 35 people supported to start their own ventures.

Alix Drysdale, Accord's enterprise officer, said: “We are delighted to work with Impact Hub to offer this unique and fantastic opportunity to young entrepreneurs.

“Not only will they get hands-on business experience, but they’ll also be supported to develop their own ideas and be inspired by mentors who will share their knowledge and expertise.”

Tessa van Mechelen, match maker at Impact Hub Amsterdam, said: "We are excited to submerge young enterprising souls into a learning environment, an inspiring space with a community open to collaboration and provide them meaningful content.

"After joining this programme, the participants will be geared with tools to take their own business idea further and at the same time have new experience and skills to be more attractive in the job market.”

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