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Alumni ‘young guns’ to ignite next generation of entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial code is an easy one to crack – if you’re willing to have a crack.
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That’s according to 2001 University of Southern Queensland Engineering Technology graduate, ex-NRL player and business owner Trent Young.

Alongside his brother, Scott, who graduated with the same USQ degree in 2003, the pair will share more pearls of entrepreneurial wisdom as part of the inaugural USQ Ignition Alumni Entrepreneurship Series that begins tomorrow night (Thursday 30 July).

As CEO (Trent) and Managing Director (Scott) of Young Guns Container Crew, there’s much to learn from – and about – the brothers from Roma.

“Being from a small country town instilled a sense of community and family, and I attribute our business success largely to growing up with some of Australia’s best entrepreneurs – our farmers,” Trent said.

“Scott and I watched our parents and two grandfathers run farms and we were motivated by the autonomy of running our own business and building something for our families,” he said.

“From when we started the business sixteen years ago when I was 24, and to reflect on how the business has developed in to something truly special is a great feeling, and it would not be possible without the great people we work with.

“I really hope our story will inspire other young people to get out there and give it a go.”

Young Guns Container Crew specialises in the packing and unpacking of shipping containers.

Like all successful businesses, Trent said the initial idea came from identifying a specific need that wasn’t being met.

“Scott and I were playing professional rugby league as well as juggling our engineering studies, and through some football connections got some casual work unpacking shipping containers,” Trent said.

“We realised pretty quickly that there was a big demand for reliable, fit-for-purpose people for this kind of work, and we had a solution to that with access to fit young people in our sporting networks.

“Ultimately, it come down to opportunity, timing and having a crack.”

As the first webinar presenters for the USQ Ignition Alumni Entrepreneurship Series, Trent and Scott Young will delve into the steps taken and lessons learnt to build Young Guns Container Crew from a start-up, into a thriving business that now employs more than 800 people over four different countries.

Trent and Scott are two of nine USQ alumni – from philanthropists helping to train more swimming teachers to tech founders changing the construction industry – who will present though the series.

The online series will be co-hosted by USQ’s Careers & Employability team and the University’s Alumni office twice a month on a Thursday afternoon, starting on Thursday July 30, 2020 and running through until November.

USQ Director (Alumni) Ken Gideon said the free series offered an exciting opportunity to learn from a diverse range of alumni.

“Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business, or you’re a seasoned entrepreneur with multiple successful businesses, this series guarantees incredible insights no matter where you might be in your career,” Mr Gideon said.

To register and view the full list of presenters visit the USQ website or email careers@usq.edu.au

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Young Guns Container Crew specialises in the packing and unpacking of shipping containers.