Apprenticeship Program

Our Apprenticeship Program is changing a bit after our upcoming Summer Session so we can expand the opportunity to a larger number of interested applicants. 

We'll be moving to an online, e-course format with the same great curriculum that has made this program such a success over the last four years.  

The focus of the program will continue to be on giving a glimpse of what it takes to be a social entrepreneur with a "learn by doing" project based approach.  The best candidates are in self-motivated individuals willing to commit to 10 - 15 hours a week. Because it is based online, location is not a factor.

We see the Apprenticeship Program as a platform where go-getters can learn from a real world business & can take that hands on knowledge to start something of their own and/or to learn what aspects of a social business that they are specially equipped to do well. The program is for both students & professionals alike. 

Each week we'll focus on a different aspect of social business:

Week 1: Purse & Clutch Orientation
Week 2: What is Fair Trade and Why does it Matter?
Week 3: Brick-and-Mortar vs. Online Experiences
Week 4: Small Businesses & E-Commerce

Week 5: Strategic Messaging
Week 6: 
Week 7: Marketing Strategy
Week 8: Public Relations
Week 9: Scalability
Week 10: Reflections & Final Presentations 

Currently, we're working hard to re-adapt the program to our new online format that will make the program more assessable. We anticipate charging a small fee for program participants. Details TBD. If you're interested in being alerted when the program is ready to launch at the end of the summer, sign up below. 

Here's what some of our Former Apprentices have to say about their experience:

“I was able to gain essential business experience, from marketing to e-commerce. Having a very hands on approach gave me the opportunity to see an idea transform into something tangible. I loved everything about the internship and feel equipped with the skill set to potentially start my own business someday.” - Jordan 

"As an aspiring future business owner, the apprenticeship at Purse & Clutch has been invaluable to me in my pursuits. The P&C team have put together a thorough and inspiring program that I enthusiastically recommend to future entrepreneurs looking to change the world through Fair Trade!" - Anna 

"After this program, my knowledge and confidence to pursue a social business of my own has increased tremendously! Working with Purse & Clutch has made it clear that social business can have a profound impact on the people the business exists to serve while delivering a great product and running an efficient and productive business." - Shara 

"I would highly recommend this apprenticeship to anyone thinking about creating their own ethical business or getting involved in this space. I've learnt heaps, got a proper reality check at times, and I'm left feeling more inspired than ever. Getting a glimpse into how Purse & Clutch is run left me in no doubt that a lot of hard graft, perseverance and skills are required, yet all I hear when Jen talks about it is her passion - a reminder that the easy road is never the most rewarding!"  - Frederique 

"The apprenticeship program with Purse & Clutch gave a me a new perspective on what it means to be an entrepreneur. There are a million ways to build a small business but P&C is doing it in a way that is fresh and competitive in our increasingly 'online' world." - Gilyn