Practical Entrepreneurship - Learn to Work for Yourself [Jan 2018]

The Entrepreneurs Academy (EASB0011)
Key Programme Details
Award

QQI Level 6 Business Planning

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

Part-Time

ECTS Credits

15

Skills Area

Business and Entrepreneurship

General Information
Contact

Katie Burns

Email

springboard@entrepreneursacademy.ie

Phone

014197000

Address

The Entrepreneurs Academy, The Distillers Building, Smithfield Business Centre, New Church Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Role

Programme Manager

Important Dates
Application Deadline

22/12/2017

Start Date

15/01/2018

About this Course

This programme is delivered in a creative and engaging learning environment and represents an opportunity for participants to develop practical entrepreneurial skills directly transferable to the context of self-employment and a support network to enable them to re-enter the workforce as self-employed business owners.

Participants will build business viability through the development of robust well researched Ideas and strong business models and plans.

The programme enhances participants existing skills gained through previous work or education and a viable business offer is developed.
Learners are supported by mentors and a training team who are all experienced entrepreneurs working closely with start-ups for many years.

Personal and professional confidence building is core to the programme- we help you build your confidence through the development of your knowledge, skills and network and then you can go and build the business!

"After being unemployed for a while you can get into a rut, at first it felt like I had joined some kind of support group and in fact, it is the best support group you could have. My confidence is restored, my knowledge expanded and I have been given tools to create something I did not feel I could do before. It is an eye-opening and an opportunity opening course that I would recommend to anyone wanting to take the plunge into self-employment." Springboard+2016 participant.

"Participation in the Practical Entrepreneurship programme was the next step towards a better future. I found the content of the course very interesting and mentors' support during those 12 weeks was invaluable. I learnt that being an entrepreneur isn't easy but now I'm sure more than ever that I want to become self-employed. I would recommend The Entrepreneurs Academy especially for those who have their business idea but they aren't sure that it's the right direction." Springboard+ 2016 participant

The Entrepreneurs Academy has delivered Start Your Own Business programmes for almost 20 years. We have trained 30,000+ people all over Ireland to start a business and stay in business.

Course details:
This course is delivered over 1.5 days per week for 12 weeks and includes a facilitated R & D component allowing participants to test their business idea while receiving support and feedback from the team.

The programme is alive with guest speakers from a host of agencies as well as presentations from start-ups to inspire, inform and help move you forward.

We welcome older applicants who have valuable life experience to bring to a new business.

If you have been out of the workforce through unemployment or due to homemaking decisions, this programme helps you to design and build a business to fit YOUR life.

The Entrepreneurs Academy offers a collaborative and supportive environment with a community of graduates actively engaging and networking with each other at our Alumni support events and through our closed social media groups. Trainers, Mentors, Programme Managers, our industry partners and support agencies are all there to support and guide.
Together we all have your back!

Course Modules include:
CREATING THE BUSINESS IDEA- FINDING THE PROBLEM TO SOLVE
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ENTREPRENEURS
UNDERSTANDING AND REACHING THE MARKET
THE BUSINESS PLAN (INC FINANCIAL PLAN)
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING FOR START UPS
BRINGING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE
SALES & CUSTOMER SERVICE
BUSINESS MODEL AND OPERATIONS
BUSINESS IN ACTION: R & D ACTIVITY

Objectives

The programme aims to help people return to work through the creation of self employment opportunities.
We aim to help participants build their confidence to start a business through the development of essential business skills and approaches and a support network to help keep you in business.

Entry Requirements

This programme welcomes participants with a range of educational backgrounds in acknowledgement of the value of skills and knowledge built through previous work and life experiences.
Participants are required to already have the relevant vocational skills for their proposed business so that the programme can then add the all-important business skills to that vocation. So for example, a hairdresser must be able to cut hair, or a plumber must have completed their apprenticeship. We will train them to take their skill and turn it into a business. Participants without a trade or skill will be assisted to create a business around their passions or other relevant experience through a process of market research.
The Entrepreneurs Academy provides participants with the skills required to start their own sustainable business. This is done through engaging those who have entrepreneurial traits and characteristics i.e: vision, passion, drive, creativity, resilience, problem solving, risk taking and self-determination and are willing to make their dream a reality. We recognise learning wherever it has been derived and value the role of experiential learning in the development of skills useful to self-employment.
Applicants who are currently unemployed or occupied as Homemakers will have the opportunity to draw from experience in previous work settings. They may choose to redirect existing skills and new skills acquired on the programme to become self-employed in new sectors of interest.
Applicants with experience working in numerous industry sectors including The Construction Industry, I.T. Food and Beverage, Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality, The Creative Industry and other industry sectors where individuals may not have a formal education but have acquired learning and skill transferrable to a self-employment context.
To support your application please include the following information:
- Your reasons for wanting to start your own business.
- A summary of your Life/work experience highlighting industry specific skills acquired through experience as they relate to your business idea.
- Any self-employment experience with a business venture in the past.
- All education/training to date including attendance on non-formal courses
- Any awards, prizes or publications.

Those applying to the programme will be invited to an information event to check the suitability of the programme to their needs.

Long Description

This programme is delivered in a creative and engaging learning environment and represents an opportunity for participants to develop practical entrepreneurial skills directly transferable to the context of self-employment and a support network to enable them to re-enter the workforce as self-employed business owners.

Participants will build business viability through the development of robust well researched Ideas and strong business models and plans.

The programme enhances participants existing skills gained through previous work or education and a viable business offer is developed.
Learners are supported by mentors and a training team who are all experienced entrepreneurs working closely with start-ups for many years.

Personal and professional confidence building is core to the programme- we help you build your confidence through the development of your knowledge, skills and network and then you can go and build the business!

"After being unemployed for a while you can get into a rut, at first it felt like I had joined some kind of support group and in fact, it is the best support group you could have. My confidence is restored, my knowledge expanded and I have been given tools to create something I did not feel I could do before. It is an eye-opening and an opportunity opening course that I would recommend to anyone wanting to take the plunge into self-employment." Springboard+2016 participant.

"Participation in the Practical Entrepreneurship programme was the next step towards a better future. I found the content of the course very interesting and mentors' support during those 12 weeks was invaluable. I learnt that being an entrepreneur isn't easy but now I'm sure more than ever that I want to become self-employed. I would recommend The Entrepreneurs Academy especially for those who have their business idea but they aren't sure that it's the right direction." Springboard+ 2016 participant

The Entrepreneurs Academy has delivered Start Your Own Business programmes for almost 20 years. We have trained 30,000+ people all over Ireland to start a business and stay in business.

Course details:
This course is delivered over 1.5 days per week for 12 weeks and includes a facilitated R & D component allowing participants to test their business idea while receiving support and feedback from the team.

The programme is alive with guest speakers from a host of agencies as well as presentations from start-ups to inspire, inform and help move you forward.

We welcome older applicants who have valuable life experience to bring to a new business.

If you have been out of the workforce through unemployment or due to homemaking decisions, this programme helps you to design and build a business to fit YOUR life.

The Entrepreneurs Academy offers a collaborative and supportive environment with a community of graduates actively engaging and networking with each other at our Alumni support events and through our closed social media groups. Trainers, Mentors, Programme Managers, our industry partners and support agencies are all there to support and guide.
Together we all have your back!

Career Opportunities

The course is designed to prepare most learners for self- employment so the main focus of the job readiness component is on developing the skills, knowledge and tools to ensure they are ready to start a business.
Participants develop a QQI certified Business Plan while on the programme that will support them to access funding and other start up supports.
Those eligible to apply for the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance or Short Term Enterprise Allowance are facilitated in preparation of workbooks required by DSP (INTREO) and are provided with the contact details for enterprise officers in their Local Area Partnership.
A 'ready for business checklist' document guides participants through the programme and into start up by ensuring they have accomplished key milestones in readiness for starting a business including:
Writing their CV and setting up a LinkedIn profile
Collecting testimonials and references
Registering for Income Tax /tax clearance certs
Running ICB checks for their credit rating
Signing up to industry support agencies
Following relevant Industry influencers on social media
Setting up business Facebook/ website.
Opening a business bank account
Registering for Etender
Signup for ezines with LEO
Presentations on campus by INOU, BANKS, LEOs, MicrofinanceIreland, DSP, Local Area Partnerships.
Industry specific Mentor support
For those not starting a business: additional job seeking plan development.

Timetable Info

This course is delivered over 1.5 days per week for 12 weeks on Mondays and Tuesdays in our Smithfield campus and also includes a facilitated R & D component offsite. This allows participants to test their business idea and prove there is a customer demand while receiving the support and feedback of the team and their fellow participants.
For more information with regards to timetable, kindly email katie@entrepreneursacademy.ie

Delivery Location

The Entrepreneurs Academy, The Distillers Building, Smithfield Business Centre, New Church Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Delivery Notes

Training takes place in our Smithfield campus and is delivered through a highly engaging programme of interactive action based workshops and one to one mentoring with expert industry mentors.

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Katie Burns

Address

The Entrepreneurs Academy, The Distillers Building, Smithfield Business Centre, New Church Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Phone

014197000

Email

springboard@entrepreneursacademy.ie

RPL Information

The Entrepreneurs Academy recognise those people from different sectors who have learned from their involvement in employment, community activities, home duties, sports etc. The Entrepreneurs Academy recognises the learning acquired by people in the building industry, manufacturing, I.T. Food and Beverage, leisure, Creative Industries, Tourism and Hospitality, Wholesale and Retail and other industry sectors where individuals may not have a formal education but have acquired a certain level of learning. The Entrepreneurs Academy Aim to provide these individuals with the learning required to return to sustainable employment.

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