Liverpool Commonwealth Association Inclusive Enterprise Project

Eligibility Criteria

  • 18 years old or older
  • Unemployed or economically inactive
  • Legal Right to live in the UK

Project Plan & Output

The project, funded by WEA, will engage and work with 15 individuals from the Commonwealth diaspora who are interested in improving their skills and competencies, exploring business start-up as a route back into work or seeking to gain employment.

The programme will run over 10 weeks and involve the following core elements:

Introduction to business or social enterprise start-up – this element of the programme will involve a mix of one to one mentoring sessions, small group work, peer to peer learning and ‘meet the Entrepreneur’ sessions.  Participants will learn about a range of key business principles and good practice.  Sessions will cover:

  • Business start-up options, legal responsibilities and compliance.
  • Developing your products and services
  • Identifying and understanding customers
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Competition management
  • Managing money, financial obligations and taxation
  • Pricing
  • Supply chain and sourcing
  • Setting goals
  • Leadership and management
  • Risk analysis and risk management
  • Business planning

In addition to these sessions, we will support each participant to undertake some test trading and all that this activity can encompass from the Retail Incubator facility at The Big Onion Bootle.

Developing Skills and competencies – in addition to the above activities, those engaged on the programme will be supported to participate in a range of accredited short course business training.  Options include:

  • An introduction to Enterprise
  • An introduction to Leadership
  • Improving your Business Skills
  • Building a Social Media Plan

In addition to the above interventions, tutors will offer support to participants to improve their functional skills.

Employment support and service signposting – we are acutely aware that business or social enterprise start up isn’t for everyone.  Therefore the programme will dedicate time to supporting participants to look for work or move on to other training, volunteering or education opportunities.

This element of the programme will see participants receive advice and guidance in:

  • Building an effective CV
  • Developing key interview techniques
  • Improving job search techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Confidence building
  • Identifying next steps and new work, learning or volunteering opportunities.

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