A new programme has been launched to help people in Mid-Ulster to start their own business or find new jobs and training opportunities.
Exploring Enterprise3 (EE3p) is being delivered by Enterprise Northern Ireland, the umbrella body for Northern Ireland’s Local Enterprise Agencies.
The project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 Investment for Jobs and Growth Programme, the Department for Employment & Learning, Enterprise Northern Ireland, Local Enterprise Agencies and Mid-Ulster District Council.
This new initiative will provide support to unemployed or economically inactive people across Northern Ireland. It is designed to fill a gap in the market for those who don’t have the opportunities to take part in training or lack the skills to find employment. The programme provides 143 courses delivered by a network of 29 Local Enterprise Agencies.
Gordon Gough, Chief Executive of Enterprise Northern Ireland commented: “Following on from the success of our previous two programmes, we are delighted to be able to launch EE3p. This new programme will run for three years, with one to one business mentoring and a QCF Level 1 in Understanding Business Enterprise qualification awarded upon successful completion of the programme.
“Our aim is still the same, we want to target people who are unemployed, economically inactive or who are working or in training for less than 16 hours per week to explore self-employment way into the jobs market. Participants will receive expert mentoring to help build and improve their CVs, search for job opportunities, practice their interview skills and develop business plans that could help them become self-employed. Participants will be signposted to additional support after completing the programme.
“We have seen many success stories from our previous programme with 2,655 people taking part. There is a strong demand for these types of programme and we hope it will be even more successful than its predecessors.”
1738 participants achieved the CCEA level 2 Understanding Business Enterprise qualification in EE2p;
A further 299 found full-time employment;
407 became self-employed;
421 moved on to higher education and training.
Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of Mid-Ulster District Council said:
“We very recently launched our economic development plan for Mid Ulster and a key strand of our work is to address the requirement for a high performing, skilled workforce. This programme fits perfectly with that focus and addresses the employability and skills gaps which can be so prevalent in those who are unemployed or economically inactive”.
“For this region, the programme will result in the creation of 21 new jobs and a business enterprise qualification for more than 80 participants. I’m delighted Mid Ulster District Council is partnering with Enterprise Northern Ireland to achieve that kind of impact and to make a tangible difference to the lives of local people and the local economy”.
For further information on the EE3p programme please visit: www.enterpriseni.com