At Cloonavin for the launch of the Exploring Enterprise Program with the Causeway Coast and Glens Council Mayor Cllr Brenda Chivers are Joanne Millar Business Advisor Roe Valley Enterprises, Anna Logan Centre Manager at Causeway Enterprise Agency, Martin Clark Business Development Manager with the council and Exploring Enterprise Program Manager Shirelle McIvor.
A new programme has launched in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough 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 locally by Causeway Enterprise Agency and Roe Valley Enterprises Ltd.
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.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Brenda Chivers, said: “The Exploring Enterprise Programme aims to increase business awareness and give support to individuals thinking of starting their own business. Small businesses are the backbone of the local economy and we need a constant stream of new people coming forward with business ideas. Exploring Enterprise gives people an opportunity to research and develop their ideas. In many cases people need encouragement and the programme can give them the confidence to go ahead. For many the programme provides a purpose that helps them focus on moving forward.”
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 Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.