Entrepreneurs Programme leading to an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice (March 2019)

Irish Times Training (Entrepreneurs Programme )
Key Programme Details
Award

Advanced Certificate in Management Practice

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Skills Area

Business, Administration and Law

General Information
Contact

Sinead Docherty

Email

sdocherty@irishtimes.com

Phone

01 472 7101

Address

Irish Times Training,
The Irish Times Building,
24-28 Tara Street,
Dublin 2

Role

Programme Manager

Important Dates
Application Deadline

21/03/2019

Start Date

28/03/2019

End Date

01/08/2019

About this Course

The Entrepreneur Programme leading to an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice in conjunction with Ulster University has been specifically designed for individuals at the very early stage of forming a business.

This programme aims to provide participants with the fundamental skills to start their own business. Including modules in Marketing, Finance for Start-Ups and more, the programme will assist budding entrepreneurs as they develop from a seedling idea to a fully functioning business, ensuring they have a well thought out and actionable business plan and are equipped with practical and usable skills to enable them to grow their business.

The programme will take place one day a week over 18 weeks in classroom-based lectures in The Irish Times Building in Dublin City Centre. There are 10 module subjects as well as course work of three 1,500 word assignments (one of which will be a Business Plan).

Curriculum for the Entrepreneur Programme:

• Presenting Your Best Self
• Networking Skills
• Personal Effectiveness
• Handling Difficult Conversations
• Planning Your E-commerce Proposition
• Managing the Marketing Funnel
• Developing an Effective Website
• Content Marketing
• Management Project
• Social Media
• Finance for Start-Ups
• Analytics
• Negotiations
• Leadership Practice
• Sales

Testimonials:

“Superb advice on starting and running your own business and professional development planning. It doesn't matter where you are starting from, or what your background is, the entrepreneurial approach taken on this course will introduce you to a world of possibilities.”

“The course has been very useful to develop my business and management skills. A friendly environment, helpful staff and well skilled tutors made even more valuable the classes.”

“The combination of tuition, class interaction, reading and reflection has been so impactful to me personally and professionally.”

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum Level 5 award. In addition, applicants should ideally have basic computer skills.

Applicants must be proficient in both verbal and written English.

Applicants without a Level 5 award will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (APEL).

In addition to the above all applicants must be available to attend classroom lectures for 1 Day per week for 18 weeks.

Information Days will take place to explain more about the programme and the entry requirements for interested participants.

All participants may be required to submit a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their recent employment history.

Long Description

The Entrepreneur Programme leading to an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice in conjunction with Ulster University has been specifically designed for budding entrepreneurs who are currently unemployed, previously owned their own business or have been out of the workforce for some time due to childcare or other caring duties. The programme aims to provide these individuals with practical skills and knowledge across a number of areas from finance to social media and sales and negotiation skills. These are fundamental business skills necessary for any business owner to successfully run and grow a business.

The Entrepreneur Programme uses experienced lecturers, trainers and industry practitioners who have previously worked with Irish Times Training on the AIB Start-up Academy and on our 2017/2018 Springboard+ Entrepreneurs Programme and have extensive experience of working with and coaching entrepreneurs. The Programme contains innovative programme content that is practical and relevant to the start-up community, featuring guest speakers with vast entrepreneurial experience. Participants will also be required to prepare a business plan on their business.

At the end of the programme participants will have:

• Created a Personal Development Plan (PDP) based on self-analysis around the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® instrument which will be utilised throughout the duration of the programme

• Learned how to engage with customers to identify unmet customer needs by learning how to run experiments at low cost to test ideas and de-risk upcoming projects

• Developed the management and investigative skills required to be able to describe a business project, analyse it and make recommendations for improvement

• Created a lean canvas business model to focus on how the elements of their business fit together which may also serve as the basis for an elevator pitch

• Developed an individual marketing draft strategy including leveraging their business presence on Social Media platforms, maintaining and improving search engine visibility and learning how to get actionable insights from website traffic

• Covered topics including Accounting Principles and Financial Reporting, basic Book-Keeping, Profit and Loss Account, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statements

• Prepared, delivered and received expert feedback on a 2 minute elevator pitch

• Developed their understanding of and practice in effective leadership and team working

Timetable Info

The programme will take place on Thursdays over 18 weeks in classroom-based lectures in The Irish Times Building in Dublin City Centre.

Classes begin on March 28th 2019 and finish on August 1st 2019.

There are 13 module subjects as well as course work of three 1,500 word assignments (one of will be a Business Plan).

Delivery Location

Irish Times Training,
The Irish Times Building,
24-28 Tara Street,
Dublin 2.

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Sinead Docherty

Phone

01 472 7101

Email

sdocherty@irishtimes.com