Exploring Enterprise 3 Programme 2015-2018

Exploring Enterprise3 programme (EE3p) is a pre-start enterprise programme targeting disadvantaged groups who are unemployed/economically inactive or working or in training less than 16 hours per week which aims to provide them with the opportunity to explore self-employment as an option to enter and/or return to the labour market. Participants do not need to have a specific business idea to join; the programme provides an insight into starting a business whilst allowing participants to work towards achieving a CCEA Level I in Understanding Business Enterprise qualification. In addition there will be an emphasis on guiding and assisting individuals into and through the mainstream business support/further education options, such as the FE colleges. Each course consists of the following components:

  • Pre Training Personal Development Assessment – provided through 1-1 business mentor support;
  • Training, to include the opportunity to work towards a QCF Level 1 in Understanding Business Enterprise;
  • Work Study Visits to local businesses;
  • Post Training Personal Development Plan to include business advisory support in improving participant’s skills and employability prospects.
EE3p will deliver the following additional outcomes:
  • Equip participants with the attributes, capabilities and skills that progress them into employment or self-employment.
  • Increase ‘soft’ skills.
  • Offer a professional recognised qualification.
  • Provide access to mentors with skills and expertise in relevant area.
  • Provide signposting/access to relevant training and labour market support and resources.
This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 Investment for Jobs and Growth Programme and delivered in partnership with East Belfast Enterprise.

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