A new programme has launched in the Belfast City Council area which will boost jobs by working with unemployed and economically inactive people in the region.
The Exploring Enterprise Programme, delivered under the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme 2014-2020, will be managed by Enterprise Northern Ireland and rolled out by East Belfast Enterprise Park, North City Business Centre, Ormeau Business Park and Ortus.
The Exploring Enterprise Programme is a free special support initiative aimed at helping unemployed or economically inactive individuals improve their employment prospects as well as exploring potential self-employment opportunities.
The course provides one-to-one tailored business mentoring support, with the opportunity to work towards achieving an accredited QCF Level 1 Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.
Participants will get the opportunity to visit local businesses and work as part of a team to develop business skills and knowledge.
Michael McQuillan, Chief Executive of Enterprise Northern Ireland, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for participants who are experiencing challenges or facing barriers to entering or returning to the labour market, to gain an understanding of enterprise and become employment or self-employment ready.
“While being provided with the opportunity to explore self-employment as an option, the participant can work towards a recognised qualification in Understanding Business. This endorsement professionalises their engagement in the programme and is something they will always have to evidence their capability, as they build a career in enterprise.”
This is an Enterprise Northern Ireland initiative which is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy, Local Enterprise Agencies and Belfast City Council.
Participants of the programme will be provided one to one mentoring with an experienced business advisor in areas such as:
- Financial Planning
- Introduction to HMRC
- Job Searching / assisting in writing job applications
- CV Design / development
- Searching for further education courses or other relevant training
To be eligible for this programme, participants must be:
- Aged 16 or over
- Legally able to reside and work in the UK
- Unemployed/inactive or working/studying less than 16 hours per week; and
- Not participating in any other government funded programme
For more information on the Exploring Enterprise Programme please contact Phil at Ormeau Business Park on 028 9033 9906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.